CK Akonnor Recounts Ghana’s ‘Desperate Efforts’ to Get Cody Gakpo But Failed

CK Akonnor Recounts Ghana’s ‘Desperate Efforts’ to Get Cody Gakpo But Failed

Former Black Stars coach, Charles Akonnor has opened up about his unsuccessful try at convincing Cody Gakpo to switch nationality allegiance to Ghana.

Cody Gakpo is likely one of the high-in-demand Dutch younger players in Europe and in accordance to Akonnor, he approached the PSV Eindhoven winger to persuade him about his Black Stars venture before the 23-year-old winger made his debut for the Netherlands in 2021.

CK Akonnor revealed that Gakpo who at the time was taking part in for the Netherlands U-21 crew rejected Ghana’s provide and opted to play for his delivery country as a result of he believed he had an opportunity with the Netherlands senior crew.

“Yes we tried to let him play for Ghana but he ended up rejecting us for the Netherlands. This was about a year ago when he was at the junior level,” Akonnor said throughout his work as a pundit for the Netherlands and Senegal World Cup game.

21-year-old Cody Gakpo was awarded the Man of the Match in his debut World Cup game against Senegal, scoring the primary goal within the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over the Terenga Lions of Senegal.

The Manchester United goal has now made 10 appearances for the Netherlands national crew since making his debut within the 2020 Euros against North Macedonia and has scored 4 goals.

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