There is a new aura and buzz around the Ghana national team since Charles Kwablah Akonnor’s appointment as head coach in January.
The former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko manager was handed the job after a short spell as assistant to former boss Kwesi Appiah.
His task? to win the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon and also qualify Ghana to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The four time African champions have failed to win a major trophy since 1982 despite coming close on three occasions in the last two decades.
The team has consistently failed to live up to the hype generated by a hopeful media and a passionate nation.
The Ghana FA turned to Akonnor with the aim of ending the country’s 38-year trophy drought.
He is manager with clear ideas and likes to play an attacking brand of football.
He also has a reputation for his discipline and no nonsense approach which will be key in ensuring he meets his targets.
“I want players who are disciplined strictly into our tactical play, players who do not do things that have within the domain of the team will find themselves out. We got to be disciplined” the 45 year old trainer said during a press conference on 3rd March, 2020 at the Accra City Hotel.
Akonnor has already stamped his authority on the team by instituting a new leadership structure on Sunday.
Andre Ayew was retained captain of the team and Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico Madrid has been appointed as 1st Vice Captain while Richard Ofori steps in as 2nd Vice Captain.
The trio will lead the team as the Black Stars go through the remaining Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers as well as the qualifying games for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and subsequent tournaments.
As often is the case, there are no guarantees in football but all indications suggest the team is certainly on the right path.