Blacks Stars manager C.K Akonnor excludes himself from his all-time Black Stars XI: Essien, Appiah and Gyan make the list

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Current Black Stars manager C.K Akonnor has named his best ever Black Stars team. C.k Akonnor surprisingly didn’t name himself as he admitted that he only has the qualities to be on the bench.

The former midfielder who featured for the Black Stars from 1994 to 2001 and also captained the team revealed that he made his selection based on performances at national team and club level.

”It comes with a criteria. You must have to have played very well here. [In the] AFCON, you must excel and then Europe,” he explained.

”Out of this category, the person who really was distinguished is Abedi Pele.

”As a colts player in Falcons, I wasn’t there but we heard it. He played very well here, he conquered Africa and of course Europe as well.”

C.K Akonnor picked Richard Kingson in goal.

Former Asante Kotoko player Frank Amankwah and former Anderlecht player Isaac Asare occupied the right back and the left back position.

C.K explained: ”The old players must excuse me. I am doing this from the 90s. I didn’t see majority of them so they should excuse me.”

2001 UEFA Champions league winner with Bayern Munich, Sammy Kuffour and former Kotoko defender Frimpong Manso were paired in defense.

Sitting in front of the defense were Michael Essien and former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah.

He said: ”Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien. You can’t do without them. They are the people from the next generation they took over and they made Ghana proud.”

The dribbling magician Mohammed Polo and 1993 Champions league with Marseille, Abedi Pele occupied either flank.

In attack, he picked Ghana’s all time top scorer Asamoah Gyan and erstwhile Leeds man Anthony Yeboah.

”Of course Maestro will be my captain,” he said, adding ”As for me, I will be the number 12 [12th man]. I always say that you don’t try to change me. When you bring me in, I will score. I am part of the substitutes.”

C.K Akonnor’s Best Black Stars XI: Richard Kingson, Frank Amankwaah, Isaac Asare, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Frimpong Manso, Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, Mohammed Polo, Asamoah Gyan, Anthony Yeboah

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