Black Stars B coach Maxwell Konadu has been named ESPN’s WAFU Cup of Nations best coach of the tournament.
After guiding the home based side to back to back triumphs in the last two editions in 2013 and 2017, the former Kotoko gaffer narrowly lost to Senegal on penalties in the final after the game had ended 1-1 after extra time.
When you consider the circumstances that surrounded Ghana’s participation in this year’s event, it is quite remarkable what the manager has managed to achieve with his squad.
Many of the coaches in this competition have had to assemble squads out of players who are short of match fitness and sharpness, due to the varied programming of Africa’s leagues.
However, none have had to contend with quite the same disruption as Konadu, where domestic football in Ghana has been suspended since June 2018 due to the corruption scandal that has devastated the nation’s game.
Nonetheless Konadu and his charges gave a good account of themselves and were still for the most parts the most eye catching team of the competition.