Competition : 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup First round.
The former Wolfsburg and Ghana skipper has managed Sekondi Eleven Wise, Accra Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC and Obuasi Ashanti Gold but never coached a team in Africa.
The Kotoko coach now has the opportunity to do so on Saturday for the first time in his managerial career and after the hype that surrounded his appointment he is generally expected to do better than his predecessor.
British trainer Steven Polack was in charge of Asante Kotoko – eliminated by Congo’s CARA Brazzaville – in the preliminary round of the 2018 Confederation Cup.
But for this season’s campaign the Porcupine Warriors are going with an indigenous coach – Charles Kwablan Akonnor – who wants his team to dominate possession in the First Round first leg away contest again Kenya’s Kariobangi Sharks – destroyed Djibouti’s Arta Sola7 by 9-1 on aggregate in the previous round.
“We’ve seen some videos of the Kenyan team and the best way to go against them is to have the ball.
We need to keep the ball more against them and I thinks that will be the approach.” Akonnor said after his team’s 3-0 win over Inter Allies.
Kariobangi have seriously been deadly in frot of goal – hitting 11 in their last four outings whilst Asante Kotoko have scored 8 times in their last four high profile friendly games against Medeama, WAFA, Inter Allies and the Ghana U-23 men’s team – all coming under the tenure of Akonnor.