Charles Akonnor

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Charles Akonnor
Personal information
Full name Charles Kwablan Akonnor
Date of birth (1974-03-12) 12 March 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1985–1987 Young Hearts Tema
1988–1990 Okwawu United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Obuasi Goldfields
1992–1998 Fortuna Köln 153 (26)
1998–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 121 (13)
2004–2005 SpVgg Unterhaching 46 (4)
2005–2007 AC Horsens 44 (5)
2007–2008 Alki Larnaca FC
2008–2009 SC Langenhagen 11 (0)
National team
1991–2001 Ghana 41 (12)
Teams managed
2009 Sekondi Wise Fighters
2010–2012 Sekondi Wise Fighters (director of sport)
2012 Hearts of Oak
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles Kwablan Akonnor (born 12 March 1974 in Accra) is a former Ghanaian international footballer. He has played as a versatile midfielder, mostly in Germany. Currently he works as the coach.

Club career[edit]

Akonnor first came to Germany in 1992, along with friend and national teammate Samuel Kuffour. Having played for six years with Fortuna Köln (all in the second division), he switched in 1998 to VfL Wolfsburg.

At Wolfsburg, Akonnor quickly developed as a resourceful player and one of the teams' most important elements and, in 2001–02, was given team captaincy. However, at the start of the following season he was injured (a knee problem which required an operation in 2003), prompting a January 2004 move to SpVgg Unterhaching, in a second-level return.

In 2005 Akonnor moved to Denmark to play with AC Horsens, playing an important part in the team's consolidation in the Danish first division, where they had just arrived in the previous season. He played one final season in Cyprus' top flight, with Alki Larnaca FC. In Summer 2008 left Cyprus and moved to Germany based club SC Langenhagen in the Oberliga Niedersachenliga-West. He played there until 18 February 2009 when he announced the end of his career.

International career[edit]

A holder of 41 international caps, Akonnor was named captain of the Black Stars following Abedi Pelé's retirement. However, he would never be recalled again after applying for (and receiving) German citizenship.

Coaching career[edit]

On 19 February 2009, Akonnor signed a contract as head coach for Sekondi Wise Fighters where he worked with his former nationalteam mate Nii Lamptey as his assistant.[1] On 22 January 2010, he was named as the director of sport of the Sekondi Wise Fighters. His successor as head coach was Hans-Dieter Schmidt.[2] On 19 March 2012, Akonnor was named as head coach of the Glo Premier League club Hearts of Oak. His predecessor as head coach was Nebojša Vučićević.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Internationals to Coach Eleven Wise". MTN Football. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sekondi XI Wise announces changes". Official site. Happy 98.8 FM. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hearts reach deal with CK Akunnor". Modernghana.com. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

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