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Decision to early release CK Akonnor – ex-Black Stars defender John Paintsil

Former Ghanaian international John Paintsil believes the decision to fire CK Akonnor is premature.

Akonnor, who was appointed in January 2021, was shown the exit on Monday along with his two assistants.

This decision was made after the Executive Board of the Ghanaian Football Association reviewed the reports and performance of the Black Stars 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa.

According to Paintsil, Akonnor had what it takes and should have grown with the team.

“It’s not a nice feeling when it happens to a trainer, it’s like it happened to all of us,” he told Eyewitness News on Citi FM.

“But that’s the nature of the coaching job, sometimes you have a good start, sometimes a bad start.” He said that in an interview with Eyewitness News.

“I would say it’s a shame, this is not the right time at all, he should have been given time to work in the team.

“If you look at his stats and what he’s done, you can see that he came at the wrong time and didn’t have enough opportunity to camp the players before most games.

“It’s very disappointing to me,” he added.

The GFA Executive Board has a three (3) member committee consisting of Vice President Mark Addo, the Chairman of the Upper East Regional Football Association, Alhaji Salifu Zida and Dr. Randy Abbey deployed to find a head coach and assistant coach for the Black Stars within the next few hours.

Ghana will face Zimbabwe in the next round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month.

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