Akonnor’s big plan for Strasbourg steamroller Alexander Djiku – Ghana Sports Online

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One of the key positives Charles Akonnor has taken from the international friendlies against Mali and Qatar is France-based defender Alexander Djiku.

Djiku, 26, impressed Akonnor during the games and he has come to stay in the Black Stars squad for the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sudan.

The Strasbourg defender was the only standout player for the Black Stars when the four-time AFCON winners suffered a catastrophic loss to Mali at the Emir Hotel Sports Complex in Antalya last week.

Akonnor deployed the defender in a defensive midfield role and he overly impressed Akonnor and his technical team during the game.

Djiku provided a strong shield for the back four leaving the Malians with no options than to use the wings to score all their goals.

The Montpellier-native’s original position on the field is central defence but is sometimes used as a holding midfielder by Strasbourg manager Thierry Laurey.

With Germany-based Kasim Nuhu failing to impress in the Mali game he was dropped to the bench in the game against Qatar as Djiku was restored to defence to partner with Celta de Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo.

The partnership produced results as the Black Stars claimed a 5-1 win over the West Asian nation.

After justifying himself in different positions in the team Akonnor has now resulted to bringing in Anderlecht defender Derrick Luckassen as a permanent fix in his defence and introduce Djiku to the defensive midfield role where he is expected to form a crasting partnership with Thomas Partey.

But, the big caveat is if Luckassen is able to provide a central defensive solution for Akonnor.

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