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Akonnor happy with progress as a coach

1:22 PM GMT 04/08/2018
Coach C K Akonnor
The former Phobians boss who was sacked for poor performance believes he has improved over the years

Former Hearts of Oak coach C.K Akonnor says he has enjoyed a seamless transition to coaching after being handed his first major opportunity with the Phobians in 2012.

The 44-year-old replaced Serbian coach Nebojsa Vucicevic and had an incredible start to his tenure but was shown the exit after few months when he couldn't maintain a winning run.

"I'm grateful to Hearts of Oak for the platform to coach one of the biggest clubs on the continent. I think I needed a little patience from the club owner Togbe Afede XIV to do things well during my time with them but that is football," Akonnor told Power FM.

"I'm a better coach now than before. And I have always aspired to be better, compared to my time at Hearts of Oak. Seriously, I've improved and I'm far better now," he added.

Akonnor also spoke of his kind gesture to Ashanti Gold whom he managed for some time before falling out with the club's new owners.

"I gave out my signing on fee to the Ashanti Gold management to buy new players. When I joined, the club was in crisis so I thought it right to forsake the money and some other benefits to help the club escape relegation. And that is what I did to get some new players," he said.

A former Ghana captain, Akonnor made 41 appearances for the Black Stars scoring 12 goals.