Coach C. K. Akonnor
Coach C. K. Akonnor

Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor has revealed that he will adapt the tactical philosophy used by the late C. K Gyamfi and Fred Osam Duodu to lift the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations for Ghana during his spell as national team coach.

Ghana became the first country to lift the coveted AFCON trophy for keeps after defeating the Cranes of Uganda 2-0 courtesy a brace from Opoku Afriyie.

The Black Starts exhibited one of the best attacking performances in the history of the competition blowing away teams with ease.

Ghana netted nine goals in five games and conceded two goals to cap off a successful tournament in Cameroon.

In an interview with the Ghana FA media, C K Akonnor has disclosed he will modify the 1978 philosophy and use it for the current Black Stars.

“I have a tape of the 1978 squad [and observed] how they played. We will modify it a little bit – that [style] has been my idea” Akonnor told the GFA media.

“It is not about what I want, it’s about the demands of the people and I know the style of play that our people are interested in – we entertain the crowd, play a very constructive football but we have to be efficient at the end of the day because that is what matters most. You play, entertain and you don’t win and you will see what Ghanaians will tell you.”

“Ghanaians are passionate about the game. I know what they want and how I can manage to get them what they want is the problem my technical team [has to solve]. And I think we will do this in a very positive way,” Akonnor stated.

The 1978 squad had two or three top players in each position until it was prone to the best 22 for the tournament. They also traveled to Brazil to know much about the game of football, and worked as a team.

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