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Charles Akonnor

Charles Akonnor

Charles Kwabla Akonnor is a former Ghanaian international footballer who is the former manager of the Ghana national team. He played as a versatile midfielder, mostly in Germany

1974

Born
12 March 1974

Born

Charles Kwabla Akonnor was born on March 12, 1974 in Accra

1980

Early life
01 July 1980

Early life

Born and raised in Nungua, a suburb of Accra, Charles Akonnor is of Ga-Adangbe descent from Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, receiving his primary and junior high school education at Nungua Primary School/JHS and attending Nungua Presbyterian Secondary and Commercial School for his secondary education, where he actively played football and represented the school in various competitions.

1992

Club career
01 July 1992

Club career

Charles Akonnor started his football career with Young Hearts before joining Okwawu United and later securing a deal to play for Obuasi Goldfields; he then played for Fortuna Köln in Germany, VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, SpVgg Unterhaching in the 2. Bundesliga, AC Horsens in Denmark, and Alki Larnaca FC in Cyprus, ultimately ending his career at SC Langenhagen in Germany's Oberliga Niedersachenliga-West.

1993

International career
01 July 1993

International career

Charles Akonnor represented Ghana at various levels, including the under-20, U23, and senior teams, helping the youth team secure third place in the 1991 African Youth Championship and win the 1993 African Youth Championship, reaching the final of the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship where they lost to Brazil. He also captained the Ghana Olympic squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Akonnor went on to earn 51 caps for the senior national team, the Black Stars, and became captain after Abedi Pele's retirement, but he was not recalled after acquiring German citizenship.

2009

Coaching career
01 July 2009

Coaching career

Charles Akonnor has had coaching stints at various clubs, including Sekondi Wise Fighters, Accra Hearts of Oak, Dreams, Ashanti Gold, and Asante Kotoko, and he also served as the head coach of the Ghana national team from January 2020 until September 2021 when he was sacked along with his assistants due to unsatisfactory results in World Cup qualifying matches.

2023

Personal life
01 July 2023

Personal life

Charles Jesaja Herrmann, his son, is a forward in football who emerged from the youth development program at VfL Wolfsburg.

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