Charles Akonnor played for Black Stars between 1994 and 2001

Laryea Kingston thinks Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor’s two-year contract is inadequate considering the kind of results expected of him.

Laryea, who played for Ghana between 2002 and 2010 is now a coach at the Right to Dream Academy, believes the coach needs more time and resources to deliver.  

Akonnor appointed early this year has been tasked to win next year’s Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“He has a two-year contract with the national team. At least we should have patience with our coaches and give them time because they are building a team,” Laryea said on Saturday’s Joy Sports Link.

He further explained that a three year minimum deal would have been ideal because the first year alone will require a lot of talking.

Laryea Kingston made 41 appearances for Black Stars and scored 6 goals

“It will take at least a year for the players to understand the coach. There will be a lot of talking in the first year when you are building a team. These are new players who are yet to get used to him so they need time.”

“Also I believe in scouting as well. Get a good scouting team, let them go round and get the kinds of players that can help the team achieve its goals,” he advised.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder also thinks the Black Stars coach must involve the doctors, physiotherapists, and ideally two assistant coaches in his everyday planning.

“One assistant is not enough. We call them shadow coaches and they need to be involved in planning the training sessions. For instance, when you are building up from the back, the secondary focus is the players who will be pressing forward.

The third coach will focus on runs in the box. One coach cannot focus on all these areas. So we need a broad view of the teams’ play,” he explained.

The Black Stars team currently has one assistant coach David Duncan, whom Laryea believes can still function well once he is involved in the planning.

Akonnor was named Black Stars Coach on January 15, 2020, on a two-year contract after serving briefly under his predecessor Kwasi Appiah as assistant.