Ghana coach Charles Akonnor’s skin is saved at least for the next 72 hours as the meeting called by the Ghana Football Association to decide his future has suddenly been postponed to Monday.
It is not clear why the GFA Executive Council meeting was called off at the last minute, but political pressure can not be ruled following two big public statements made by two top officials of the ruling NPP government.
The political pressure started mounting on Thursday evening when Ghanasoccernet.com exclusively revealed that GFA leaders were keen on firing Akonnor after the country made an unimpressive start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Ghana football boffins would have overwhelmingly voted to sack the bungling Black Stars coach on Friday when the Executive Council of the federation meets to delibrate on the country’s future in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
But the meeting has now been postponed to Monday, giving Akonnor some more time before a decision is taken whether he would stay in his position or not.
The GFA’s leadership would have voted to dismiss the former international winger from his position to save the country from an ignominious exit from the qualifiers of the global tournament to be played in Qatar next year.
The leaders of the federation were ready to wield the BIG AXE on Akonnor despite the coach having an existing contract with the federation that expires early next year.
Some members of the Council told Ghanasoccernet.com that the ramifications of keeping Akonnor is costlier as compared to losing the chance of going to the World Cup and performing poorly at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January.
Several members of the powerful Executive Council have under the condition of anonymity told Ghana’s leading football news outfit that they will table the motion for Akonnor to be sacked.
While the future of Akonnor was not on the agenda for the meeting, the discussion on the Black Stars performances in the two matches has been tabled which will give members the chance to deliberate the matter.
Ghanasoccernet.com understands that several members who were on the trip to South Africa and also saw the Black Stars play against Ethiopua will report to the meeting that Akonnor has lost the dressing room of the Black Stars.
Private conversations of Black Stars players with some management which confirms that they have no confidence in the coach will also come to the fore of the discussions.
The widespread public mood in the country calling for the sacking of the Akonnor will also be a factor to salvage Ghana’s qualifying campaign.
Powerful political figures that are thought to be the protectors of Akonnor will ask government not to support the GFA’s decision to sack the coach. That could be the only saviour of Akonnor.
But the root and branch members of the GFA have decided that Akonnor is not the man to lead Ghana to glory.
Questionable player call-ups and dodgy starting line-ups have all conspired against the former international.
Ghana will continue their search for a place at the 2022 World Cup by playing home and away matches against Zimbabwe next month.
Only the A-J winners in each group will be able to progress to the final round for Qatar 2022 qualification.
The five remaining African nations will face off in a draw to determine the winners.
The next World Cup, which will be held in the Middle East for the first time, is scheduled to take place between 21 November and 18 December.