Ghana coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has opened up on his humble beginnings, and how he ended up pursuing his dreams of becoming a footballer despite the difficulties he faced during his childhood.
The former Black Stars captain revealed his world started crumbling when he lost his dad as a teenager, forcing him to leave home and fend for himself and also chase his dream of becoming a footballer.
“I was very close to my Dad and at the time when he was dying I was there. I saw everything and it really got to me,” he told Sportsnetgh TV in an exclusive interview.
Akonnor searched for solace in religion following the death of his Dad, forcing him to switch religions at a very young age.
However, his dream of becoming a footballer started when he and his family moved to Nungua.
“My mum was struggling, she worked at Ashiaman General hospital and it was around that time that there was the 1983 hunger,” he began.
“That time our father had died, and we saw people dying. There was cholera too, where people were eating the wrong food. But my mum stood firm.
“My father was well to do but when it happened they took everything from us. So we came with nothing whiles my father had a lot of things. It was difficult but God saw us through.”
The 46-year old revealed he had to leave home and join a colts club in Tema.
“It was that time I left home, went to Tema and played colts football. But I was also serious with school. Iwasin Nungua Presec. Thankfully I had a scholarship but there were certain things you had to do yourself,” he continued.
Through football, Akonnor met people who contributed to his development as a young and after years of struggles he found a break through at Okwahu United.
He went on to enjoy a stellar career which saw him spend almost a decade in the Bundesliga, playing and captaining Wolfsburg.
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