Charles Akonnor was appointed Black Stars coach in January

Former Ghana midfielder Laryea Kingston has hailed the appointment of Charles Akonnor as Black Stars coach.

He is convinced the former captain is capable of succeeding amidst the pressure.

Akonnor has been in charge for five months. He replaced Kwasi Appiah, whose contract was not extended by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after it expired at the end of December 2019.

Laryea Kingston

“I played under CK [at Hearts of Oak] and I worked with him in Tamale during the renaming of the Aliu Mahama Stadium. We have worked at Right to Dream as well. I think Right to Dream academy developed him.

“His relationship with the players is amazing. I think he has what it takes [to coach Black Stars],” Laryea, a guest on Saturday’s Joy Sports Link on Joy FM said.

“I think it is a good choice. He played in the national team, he captained the team. He has been in their shoes before,” he added.

Laryea also advocated for a long term contract for the former Black Stars captain and other coaches.

“I hope Ghana gives him a long term contract. For me, to see what a coach can do, I think he should be given three years.”

Akonnor has been tasked to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and qualify the Black Stars to the World Cup in 2022.