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Charles Herrmann: CK Akonnor leaves son to decide on international representation

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BANDUNG, JAVA, INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 21: Charles Herrmann of Germany celebrates his goal with his teammates during FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 match between Germany and USA at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium on November 21, 2023 in Bandung, Java, Indonesia. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Former Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor has disclosed that he will not influence the decision of his son Charles Kwablan Herrmann regarding international representation.

Herrmann, a talented youth player at Borussia Dortmund, played a pivotal role in Germany’s success at the recently concluded World U-17 Tournament, where they clinched the 2023 World Cup. Despite being an unused substitute in the final, Hermann contributed significantly throughout the tournament, scoring one goal and providing three crucial assists.

Akonnor, formerly a Wolfsburg and Black Stars captain commended his son for his role in Germany’s triumph but expressed his preference for Hermann to mature before deciding his international allegiance.

“At their age, we are not keen on these under-17 commitments, and who will pay for a ticket for somebody to come to Africa to play for under-17? Another thing too is that maybe they should look at the talent in Ghana and use them.” Akonnor told Graphic Sports.

While Akonnor acknowledged that, at the senior level, he would wholeheartedly support his son’s decision to represent Ghana, he highlighted the importance of considering local talent for junior teams.

Charles Herrmann’s recent success includes being part of the German U-17 side that defeated France in a thrilling final, lifting both the U17 World Cup and the U17 European Championship earlier this year.

The 17-year-old’s performances underscore his potential impact on the international stage, and his father respects his autonomy in choosing his footballing allegiance.

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