The assistant coach is likely to sacrifice his national duty in order to pay more attention to his full-time job with Hearts of Oak as the new season approaches
Goal.com Ghana is picking signals that the former Black Stars captain may quit the Under-20 duty to enable him to focus more on his role as head coach of the Phobians.
Akunnor, Goal.com Ghana understands, has requested for some time from the Ghana Football Association to make a firm decision.
“I have asked permission to be given more time with Hearts of Oak in a very understandable way,” Akunnor told Goal.com.
“I am still part of the team, I haven’t resigned but I really need time for Hearts of Oak.”
The 38-year-old led the U20 to beat Egypt 3-0 in Accra on Thursday to win the three-nation tournament which also included Namibia.
The former Wolfsburg captain was on the touchline after head coach, Orlando Wellington, resigned on Tuesday following a string of poor results by the team in their preparatory matches.
Assistant Black Stars coach, Maxwell Konadu, took over as acting coach with Tema Youth coach, Prince Yaw Owusu also drafted in as one of the assistants.
Akunnor explained that his club commitments are too demanding hence the need to take a break off national assignments.
The Black Satellites will take on Uganda next two weeks in a 2013 Africa Youth Championship qualifier.
Goal.com Ghana understands that Akunnor is no more interested in the Black Satellites job and therefore using the leave excuse as one of the ways to pull out of the team gradually.