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4 REASONS WHY AKONNOR IS DIGGING HIS OWN GRAVE AT KOTOKO

Chopping and changing is a key characteristic of many ivy laden clubs. Supporters of such clubs realistically have a short memory and will throw their weight behind any form of winning mentality. Asante Kotoko in their quest to return to old heights have come under immense criticism for holding onto this model.

Watching football games from the late 90s and early 2000s, one would admit that Akonnor was an epitome of a leadership role. As captain of the Black Stars and Wolfsburg, the midfielder had learned his role and becoming a manager was a chance for him to relay what he learnt. 

Appointed as the head coach of Asante Kotoko in October, 2018 after previous stints at Hearts of Oak,  Dreams FC and Ashantigold,  Akonnor stirred up diverse views. To some,  he wasn't the man to lead the club whilst others called for time for him. Tasked with leading the club to conquer Africa,  Akonnor has played some 24 games to date with a 70.8% win rate. 

Having led the Porcupines to the group stages of the ongoing CAF Confederations Cup for the first time in 11 years, we have a look at some decisions that could see him end his spell before time as the club's coach; 

Player Management
To succeed as a Coach, one thing worthy of adopting is the ability to adapt to the dark side of your players in the quest for light. The bigger the club, the bigger the name of the players in there and a swell of egos. His handling of Jordan Opoku, Fred Boateng and Kwame Boahene has not gone down well with some section of the supporters. Was he just trying to forgo all old players he met? Well, he managed to extend this treat to some players he signed to the club. Asante Kotoko bowed out of the Confederatios Cup which was attributed to his insistence create that gap of division between players he has met and those he recruited. He finally succeeded in getting a bunch out after a few months in office. A cause for a rancor. Now injuries to players means the club must recall some players he advised them to send out. Player power should be taken cognisance of.

Transfers
Soon after his appointment, he added 14 players to the existing squad built by the ex gaffer, Fabin. A youthful and inexperienced side which had a few old names was sacrificed for a matured one due to his purchases. Barely 6 months passes and Akonnor opts to ship some out interestingly with out giving them much playing time. Clearly, he was going to bring in new names if the transfer window was alive. Juxtaposing the amount spent in securing the signatures of these matured players to the no income from their sale, Akonnor is running the club at a loss.

Game Changers
In his last 11 competitive games, the manager has chalked some 6 wins with 3 defeats but one handbrake has been his substitution during games. He usually goes in for  "like for like" substitutions with none really ever making an extraordinary impact. When he has opted to be tactically diverse, he brings in Central Midfielders for wide players. Stephen Nyarko has been his most used sub with his bench never being an asset. If he has to win gold in Kumasi, then Akonnor must build his bench as much as he loves his starting XI. Considering the players he brought in and the existing ones before him, he should have game changers. None of his sub's have turned the game on.

Approach to Games
Akonnor promised the "AgoroBall" as he was introduced to the football world as the gaffer of Kotoko.  He has been trying to get those fast movements and combinations to get the fans rooting. There's been some moments of promise in that sense but it barely leads to a team goal. We only see players striking the ball across the field with no real purpose going forward. His inflexible approach to games is a plus for any opposing coach and the Ah Hilal story tells it all. Can he develop a plan B on time?

Can these blights dim his  somewhat bright path? 
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