Legendary Asante Kotoko defender Emmanuel Ampiah has suggested Black Stars players won’t respect head coach Charles Akonnor because he has a low personality.
According to a research piece published on a USA-based website The Atlantic in March 2019, a person with “low personality” was someone who was reserved and quiet, according to about a quarter of the responses.
But is Akonnor the calm, quiet and reserved type maybe just like his predecessor James Kwasi Appiah, who Ampiah says he was SURPRISED when he was announced as the Black Stars coach?
It is somewhat true that much about Akonnor’s career at the helm is not known to be a bombastic displays of “ME!” with a rich interior life if a brief autopsy is conducted into his spells at XI Wise, Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC, AshantiGold and Asante Kotoko.
Ampiah’s words about Akonnor is straightforward: “Personality is much involved in football. There are some coaches who command total respect immediately you see them so If the players will respect CK Akonnor then that will be great but for me, Akonnor’s personality is very low,” he said during an interview with Kwaku Osei TV, an online TV outfit found on YouTube.
For instance his spell at Hearts of Oak casts a huge doubt over the claims by the former Kotoko coach. At Hearts, he was assertive and expressive almost to the point of having an occasional stop-start quick-temper outburst on his players.
Assuming Ampiah’s claims are to be taken for what he believes to be the case, a huge balance is already struck with the presence of David Duncan as his assistant. Duncan is not a man of straw and is not known to be a man who crawls away from his expressions.
On 15 January 2020, Akonnor was named the head coach of Ghana’s National team the Black Stars – a side he captained during his playing illustrious career.
Ampiah won several laurels and individual awards during his spell with Kotoko from the 1991/92 season to 1999. He later spent three seasons at cross-city rivals King Faisal before leaving to join Berekum Arsenal where he spent one season.
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