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Sports News of Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet

I want to give local players more chance - Black Stars coach CK Akonnor

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Ghana coach Charles Akonnor intends to give local players more opportunities to feature in the senior national team, Black Stars under his tenure.

In recent years, local players have struggled to get call-ups by Black Stars coaches but Akonnor wants to change the narrative.

The former Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak coach believes there is an abundance of talent in the Ghana Premier League just like it was during his playing days.

He recalls during his time in the Black Stars when majority of the players were based in Ghana.

“I would like to give the chance to the locals more. When I started playing [for Black Stars], the likes of Frimpong Manso, Armah Senegal and Salifu Ansah the goalkeeper, they were senior guys. We had a majority of locals in the team. I started playing as a local player before I travelled abroad. It has changed and I think it is up to us to try as much as we can to improve that area because there is a big gap.”

Akonnor was appointed in January, replacing James Kwesi Appiah who was in charge for two and a half years.

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