Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, March 18, GNA – Steven Frimpong Manso, former coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has praised the current coach of the club, Charles Kwablan Akonnor for steering the team into the group stage of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Confederation Cup competition.
Coach Frimpong Manso, said in an interview with the GNA Sports that, it would be unfair for anyone to blame coach Akonnor for the team’s exit from the group stage.
He said Akonnor must rather be supported by the team considering how he managed to take the team to that stage of the competition in the face of all the setbacks.
“I believe that, to take a team to Africa without any competitive league and being able to go this far, means they have done well, although they could have done better than what they did,” he said.
“No one must blame CK. I think he has done so well because most of the problems the team faced cannot be solved in this short period. Maybe if they had had a longer period to prepare, some of these things could have manifested earlier and they could have addressed it. For me I think he has done well”.
The former Black Satellites coach said that, Kotoko must pick positives from this competition and ensure a comprehensive analysis of their performance.
He said there was the need for additions in certain areas such the defence and attack to augment the team.
“I think they should look at the entire situation and analyse all the games that they played. Where they felt short, especially in the defence I believe they would need to reinforce it, but also need to beef up the midfield and attack.
“They still need to invest in the squad if they want to conquer Africa.”
Asante Kotoko failed to advance from Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup, having placed third in the group with seven points.