Kotoko coach Akonnor: Lack of youth system affecting Ghanaian football

The ex-Porcupine Warriors trainer previews the club's encounter with the Nigerian fold in the continental inter-club championship on Sunday

Asante Kotoko coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor claims that the absence of an organised youth football system is affecting the development of the sport in Ghana.

The former Black Star says local coaches struggle to rejuvenate their squad because they can’t find a good pool of young talent.

Ghana, alongside Nigeria, dominated the U16, U17 and U20 continental and Fifa competitions in the 1990s and early 2000s, but that is no longer the case.

“Coaches are struggling because we don’t have a youth system at all. The game is getting poorer,” Akonnor told 3FM.

“We admire the English Premiership a lot but the effort to get our local league to that level has always been a problem,” he added.

The exodus of Ghanaian players to other parts of the world in search of greener pastures, and the introduction of stricter player-age controls are factors that have led to the collapse of the youth system, according to local experts.

Kotoko are currently participating in the Special Competition, sitting second in Zone A with 14 points behind leaders Medeama on 16pts.