Akonnor’s slow but steady rise in the game began in his playing days when he captained Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga in the early 2000’s and is till now one of the players most revered by the fans.
He led Kumasi Asante Kotoko to the money zone of the CAF Confederation Cup, beating teams like Zambia’s finest ZESCO United and Nkana FC as well as Cameroonian giants, Coton Sport.
Before Kotoko, Akonnor had managed in at Hearts, Dreams FC, Ashanti Gold, where he played, and Sekondi Eleven Wise.
The Black Stars though will be Akonnor’s toughest job yet since leaving it as captain and holding on to the assistant role for just two games against South Africa and Sao Tome – coming in to replace Ibrahim Tanko under the orders of former boss, Kwesi Appiah.
As coach, Akonnor will be held to the same high standards any manager of the Black Stars is held to.
Topical of his tasks will be to guide the team to the next AFCON and also to the next world cup in Qatar.