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Ghana’s 1992 and 2006 squads’ best ever-CK Akonnor

Coach CK Akonnor has singled Ghana’s squads in 1992 and 2006 as the best Black Stars team ever.

Ghana missed out on the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations trophy after losing 11-10 on penalties to Cote d’ Ivoire in the finals, a tournament which could have eventually been Ghana’s fifth Nation’s Cup title.

Fast forward Ghana were able to make it to the World Cup for the first time in 2006 having missed out in the previous editions of the mundial, reaching the round of 16 only to lose to defending Champions Brazil.

Akonnor, former Black Stars captain could not enjoy the successes with the National team but insists the team in 1992 and 2006 remains Ghana’s best ever squads he witnessed.

“For me it was the 1992 squad.  We had Edward Ansah, Nii Dodoo Ankrah, our former coach Kwesi Appiah, Frimpong Manso, Emmanuel Armah, Tony Baffoe, Stanley Aborah, Nii Odartey Lamptey ,Tony Yeboah,” he told 3news.com’s Yaw Ofosu Larbi an Instagram Live Conversation with Betway.

“When we were growing up, these were the players we were watching, wanted to be like. It was amazing watching them at the Africa Cup of Nations.”

“The 2006 squad was something else. The players on the bench were equal to those on the pitch,” he said.

“When we played against USA, we all saw Haminu Dramani’s performance but he didn’t start our first two games. Derek Boateng was as good as myself and Michael Essien

“At the back, Shila Illiasu replaced Osei Kuffour against Czech Republic and we saw his performance. It was an all round team.

“Those who were on the bench as good as the first 11. Michael Essien was playing so well at Chelsea and Muntari was playing very well too. We had Asamoah Gyan was performing in his club, Olele was like a stopper. It was an all round team.”

Despite making it to three successive FIFA World Cup appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014, the Black Stars are yet to win a Cup of Nations title since 1982.

 

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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