The ex-Kotoko manager revealed that in spite of the difficulties he had with the Kumasi-based team, they have sharpened his coaching career.
The 45-year-old guided the Reds to the group stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation after an 11-year absence and as well secured their club's return to Africa after winning the just ended Normalisation Committee Special Competition.
A feat which has seen him crowned the Coach of the Year at the 2019 Ghana Football Awards held on Sunday.
"I went through a lot of difficulties and I went to Kotoko not knowing what was expected from the fans. After the Confederation Cup, I was slaughtered and took it in good faith."
"Within that period where we've lost some good players and been bashed on air was a difficult moment. How we the technical team got the team moving forward was a success, any other person could have given up."
"I felt soo bad at a point in time but I knew if you want to coach to the higher level there are things you need to pass through and these moments made me a better coach."
Akonnor added that being elevated to the technical director's role shocked him because and turn it down outrightly. A position he is not willing to take any time soon.