Ghana coach CK Akonnor has targeted winning the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to leave a legacy at the West African country.
The Black Stars have endured a series of near misses since winning the last of their four titles in 1982. The first three trophies came in 1963,1965 and 1978.
Akonnor took over the reins in January, replacing James Kwasi Appiah whose contract with the Ghana FA expired on 31st December 2019 after the AFCON tournament.
Speaking on Starr Chat with Bola Ray, the former Ghana Captain said ”If I’m able to win the AFCON, the rest will follow,”
Commenting further, the former Asante Kotoko gaffer said ”I want to be remembered as the one who brought the AFCON home.”
Akonnor’s debut game with the Black Stars in a 2021 Afcon qualifying double-header against Sudan in March had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ghana, four-time African champions, finished third and second respectively in 2008 and 2010 before making consecutive fourth-placed appearances at Gabon/Equatorial Guinea in 2012 and South Africa 2013.
At Equatorial Guinea 2015, Ghana, under former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, came mighty close once again, this time losing to Cote d’Ivoire on penalties in the final.
In 2017, the Black Stars ended the tournament in fourth position but failed to make the quarter-finals of the championship for the first time since 2006 at Egypt 2019 where they succumbed to Tunisia on penalties in the Round of 16.