Maxwell Konadu

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Maxwell Konadu
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-12-04) 4 December 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ghana (Caretaker)
Ghana U-23 (Head coach)
Youth career
Nkoranza Republican[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Asante Kotoko
1993–1994 CS Sfaxien
1995 SG Egelsbach 5 (2)
1996–1997 Asante Kotoko
1997–1999 Leiria 37 (9)
1999–2000 Beira-Mar 22 (1)
2000–2001 Marinhense
2003 King Faisal Babes
National team
1997 Ghana 2 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2011 All Stars
2011–2012 Asante Kotoko
2011 Ghana U23 (Assistant coach)
2012– Ghana (Assistant coach)
2012–2013 Ghana U-20
2013– Ghana U-23
2014 Ghana (Caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Team Competition

Maxwell Konadu (Akan: /kɒnæˈd/ kona-DOO) (born 4 December 1972) is a football coach and a retired Ghana international football player. He is the caretaker coach of the Ghana national football team,[2] the manager of the Ghana national under-23 football team, and formerly the manager of Glo Premier League club Asante Kotoko.[3] Konadu was a member of the Men's National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He also won gold as assistant coach of Ghana's Men's Olympic Team at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Konadu began his youth career with Nkoranza Republic and Upper West Republic in Ghana.[1] He began his professional career with the legendary Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC, with whom he won the Ghana Premier League in his debut season.[5]

After brief spells playing in Tunisia and Germany,[6] he returned to Asante Kotoko in January 1996, before moving to U.D. Leiria of the Portuguese second division in July of the following year. He would play for Leiria in the Portuguese Liga during the 1998–99 season, and then moved to rival but relegated lower division club S.C. Beira-Mar, and A.C. Marinhense.

He then had a brief spell playing in Turkey, before returning to play for Ghanaian side King Faisal Babes in 2003.[7]

Career as manager[edit]

Following his playing career, Konadu became a manager, Maxwell became a manager, first interning at Ghana’s Feyenoord Academy before taking on the assistant coach position of Red Bull Academy’s U-17 team in Sogakope.[8]

After participating in the 31st and 32nd International DFB (German Football Association) coaching courses in Hennef, Germany, he received the International DFB Coaching Certificates “B” and “A” in 2008 and 2009 respectively.[9] By then, he had moved to Ghana Premier League club All Stars F.C., leading them during the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons.[10]

In July 2011, Konadu was appointed as assistant coach of Asante Kotoko,[11] the club where he first gained fame as a prolific goal scorer. He however signed on as head coach following his return from the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, following the sacking of Serbian coach Bogdan Korak.[12] On 3 May 2012, Konadu was appointed as the assistant coach of the Ghana national football team by the GFA (Ghana Football Association), succeeding James Kwesi Appiah.[2] On 5 June 2012, Konadu resigned as manager of Glo Premier League club Asante Kotoko after guiding the club to their 22nd league title and securing qualification to the 2013 CAF Champions League. Konadu was succeeded as manager of Asante Kotoko by, Mas-ud Didi Dramani. On 10 July 2012, Konadu was appointed as the manager of the Ghana national under-20 football team, succeeding Orlando Wellington and in January 2013, Konadu was appointed as the manager of the Ghana national under-23 football team.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Encountering Soccer in the Brong Ahafo Region". Ghana Web. 24 July 2004. 
  2. ^ a b "Ghana FA appoints Maxwell Konadu as Black Stars assistant coach". ghanasoccernet.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Didi steps into Konadu's shoes at Kotoko". Ghana Football Association. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Can Local Coaches Smile Again After The Maputo Victory?". Ghana Web. 21 Sep 2011. 
  5. ^ "Can Local Coaches Smile Again After The Maputo Victory". Ghana Web. 21 Sep 2011. 
  6. ^ Regionalliga Süd, Saison 1995/96 (Rainer Klein)
  7. ^ "Maxwell Konadu At Faisal". Ghana Web. 18 May 2003. 
  8. ^ "Konadu joins Red Bull Academy". Ghana Web. 18 May 2003. 
  9. ^ "Ghanaian football Coaches receive certificates". Ghana Soccernet. 15 Mar 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tough calls for Oly and All Stars". Ghana News. 1 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Maxwell Konadu begins work on Wednesday". Asante Kotoko Official site. 12 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kotoko Sack Serbian Coach Bogdan Korak, Konadu Takes Over". Asante Kotoko Official site. September 2011. 

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