Ex Ghana international John Paintsil has weighed in on Ghana’s greatest of all-time debate.
According to the former Fulham defender, not Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, or Asamoah Gyan but Charles Kwablan Akonnor was the most gifted player to have played for the senior national team.
He argued that Akonnor’s ability to combine all the attributes effectively makes him his choice for best Ghanaian footballer he has witnessed.
“Football has two things; selfish play and playing for the team. CK was a player who could shoot from all angles. People who don’t believe can go and check out his goals. He can move to the right side and hit with the left. He was scoring 40, 30 yard free kicks. I don’t believe in players who like to dribble the entire field to score. I called that selfish play” Paintsil told Kasapa FM.
But there are some players when you crucially need them to show up with a goal they do. As a coach, you pick players who will play for the team and I think CK was a team player”.
I think it’s the right choice. He has played and knows how the job is. He is a very disciplined man. A disciplined coach will ensure that all his players are disciplined both on and off the pitch”.
Akonnor earned 41 caps for Ghana between 1991 to 2001, scoring 12 goals.
He is currently the head coach of the senior national team, taking over from James Kwesi Appiah in January 2020.