Charles Kwabla Akonnor, head coach of the senior men’s national has underlined the importance of the international friendlies as he builds a winsome team.

The 46-year-old tactician had to wait ten months since he became head coach of the senior men’s national team to supervise his first games as gaffer for the Black Stars against Mali and Qatar.

The former Wolfsburg captain named a squad comprising many new faces which raised eyebrows considering the short space of time to gel before the friendly games and taking into consideration the nearness of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan.

Highlighting the importance of playing friendlies, CK Akonnor told GFA Media:

“I am very happy at least to have an idea of the players, what one can do and what one cannot do and of course which positions the players will play and be effective and also the system of play, and so it’s giving me a clear idea of what to do in the near future and so it’s been a very good exercise for us,”

On the win against Qatar taking some pressure off him

“For me it as an exercise, this was my first chance of being with the team since I got the job. Because of covid, we were not able to meet. Its been a frustrating moment for me but again I am grateful to the GFA for organizing these exercise for us.

“It was very, very important going forward and like I said, it’s giving us the idea of what we should do and what we shouldn’t do and what can be done in the near future.”

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