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Boost for Ghana's 2014 World Cup backroom staff, Benin snubs Milovan Rajevac

Published on: 18 March 2014
Kwesi Appiah will now get the chance to hire Milovan Rajevac for the World Cup

Ghana's hopes of getting their ex-manager Milovan Rajevac to work as part of their backroom staff for the 2014 World Cup has been massively boosted after the Serbian was snubbed by Benin.

The Benin FA have appointed Frenchman Didier Olle-Nicolle to succeed Manuel Amoros, who had been under fire from officials and fans since he assumed office in 2012.

Rajevac, who was contacted last week by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to be a member of his backroom for the World Cup, was in the running to be the coach of the Squirrels.

The Serbian manager's decision to join the Benin coaching race means he could not play the role expected of him during the World Cup as he would have been tied to the Squirrels.

However, the Benin FA decided not to hire the Serbian because of his huge salary expectation.

Olle-Nicolle, the 52-year-old former defender, arrived in the Benin capital Cotonou during the weekend where he was presented to the press by the Football Federation.

Olle-Nicolle beat off competition from former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevic and Frenchman Hubert Velud, both of whom were also on the shortlist.

Olle-Nicolle agreed on a two year contract and has been tasked with qualifying the national team to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

Benin appeared last at the showpiece in 2010.

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  • Ghanaman says:
    March 18, 2014 04:22 pm
    The dirty ANIMAL that wrote this article should know that we are not fooled. If you are not paying your coach a high salary and you can't pay the highest bonuses you definitely should not be going for this fraud and failure. GSN stop writing such articles you evil animals.
  • selfmade says:
    March 18, 2014 04:18 pm
    Milo was fired Saudi Arabia! Fired by Qatar! Snubbbed by Egypt! Snubbed by Benin!! This is a pathetic CV and Ghanaians should know better!!
  • keith from germany says:
    March 18, 2014 04:31 pm
    @selfmade the same milo took us to afcon 2010 final as well as worldcup quarterfinal. We are talking about his stint with ghana and not about his stints in tbe gulf? Milo brought descipline in the team by showing the players that he is in charge of affairs. Can that be said of Akwesi Appiah who you always support eventhough u n i know he is technically bankrupct? Let us give the due respect he deserves. After the wc 2010 his contract runned out but still without contract he coached ghana against swaziland which ghana won by 3-0. He was willing to continue his mission with ghana but your Gfa members hesitated to meet his demands. So he decided to take other options. The main reason he was snubbed was definately due to lack of his french language. The past has always showned that these franci-fon countries always hire a french or belgian so there is no big deal of him being snubbed by benin.
  • wamaselo says:
    March 18, 2014 04:34 pm
    Good Coaches cant be jobless!!
  • tweaa appiah says:
    March 18, 2014 04:35 pm
    he should be made th coach not backroom staff, appiah has already pressed the panic button he can't think in the dagout due to the huge expectation and panic
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 18, 2014 05:03 pm
    FOOLISH ANIMAL BUSH PIG RAT.. ofui... Your bush thinking is not what it takes to manage football at the highest level!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 18, 2014 05:25 pm
    @ Keith... Milo did well with ghana but all that he accomplished with ghana,appiah too has also accomplised the same feat thru a more tedious and harder qualification!! There is nothing that milo has done that appiah too has not surpassed! If we really compared the roads to the WC qualifications of these two guys, u ll realised that appiah has more difficult task than milo! Milo didn't have any PLAYOFFS as it was a straight qualification whiles appiah had a torrid, long and hard campaign in the qualifiers wrst PLAYOFFS!! Zambia was awarded three solid points and goals with a huge advantage as they had TWO CONSECUTIVE MATCHES AT HOME( Lesotho and Sudan) whiles Ghana had two matches AWAY( Sudan and Lesotho) but lo and behold appiah didn't disappoint as he clinically finished these two countries in their own territories!! Comes the playoffs and ghana was handed the most difficult opponent in Egypt but again APPIAH MADE IT SEEMS SO EASY beating the pharoahs by an unprecedented goals feast in Kumasi shattering Egyptians superiority over ghana and breaking a major jinx for us!! Appiah also set the new record as the only African coach to beat the Egyptians by such a scoreline( 50 yrs)... He made the second leg a mere formality!!! Appiah took ghana to the afcon semi finals too!! Appiah has turned ghana into a complete ATTACKING FORCE ccompared to the ONE GOAL PROJECT BY MILO!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 18, 2014 05:29 pm
    I want forumites to read this article written in 2011 by zonalmarking and people ll appreciate how much appiah has transform our team....WWW.ZONALMARKING.NET and under that type in, ' NO LONGER UNDERDOGS, GHANA NEEDS TO BECOME A MORE COMPLETE ATTACKING FORCE'.. Milo counter attacking tactics won't work against Germany and Portugal!!!
  • keith from germany says:
    March 18, 2014 05:50 pm
    Okay my brother selfmade if you say so. Let us wait and see whether appiah can achieved the same fate milo achieved by qualifying us from the group stages. I repeat i dont hav anything against appiah since is is a nice guy n a gentleman but rather i have a problem with his coaching abilities. Milo also had a tough worldcup qualifying group with benin,mali and sudan. Who told u milo had it cheap? In the preliminary groups stage ghana Lost against libya and against gabon. Ghana,libya and gabon were all having 13 points but ghana went to the next stage due to better goal difference. Milo went to the afcon finals with most of the under-20 players. He took 9 players from that team to replace many injured players. I respect milos effort in the afcon 2010 more than what kwesi appiah did where he was always clueles when the going gets tough. No body gave milo a dog chance because they said he will reach no where with these bunch of inexperience players. Milo will forever be loved by ghanaians for his great works.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 18, 2014 05:58 pm
    Why did your greedy fa officials hesistated by giving him 70,000$ salary he deserved? He was willing to coach ghana but nyantakyi and his cohorts were playing delaying tactics on the man. So when the qatari side al-saad came in with their offer,he grabbed the chance which brough him 4 million $ per anum. Selfmade dont let us be like hypocrites.wouldnt we take this chance of earning big bucks? Thats has got absolutely nothing to do with greediness. He is a master tactician
  • mukmin says:
    March 18, 2014 06:31 pm
    Co-sign @ keith 100% anyone who trivializes Milo spell or doesn't give him credit for his tactical prowess is being disingenious or totally ignorant. You cannot claim to know soccer and not be able to appreciate and decipher (takes tactical insight) how he managed a game over 90 or 120 mins. Give credit where it's due to speak as if Milo knew nothing at all is totally hypocritical.
  • selfmade says:
    March 18, 2014 08:48 pm
    A so called tactician who packed the bus for 90 mins with 10 men behind the ball is NO TACTICIAN!! Playing reactive football for a big team like ghana is counter productive!! We have evolved from underdogs status to a big international brand and we have to move away from playing counter attacking and try to open up tight defenses as this is the only way we- can compete wwith the BIG BOYS at the WC! We should stop this medicriocity of packing the BUS in the name of TACTICS and try to be PRO-ACTIVE! Milos tactics has been adopted by some of our coaches which has affected our style of football! In the recent CHAN in south Africa though we managed to reach the finals, our brand of football exhibited by our players were PATHETIC to say the least as all our opponents totally dominated and OUTCLASS us all due to this fraud of a tactics called PACKING THE BUS FROM MILO! Ever since we started adopting this Serbians tactics of packing the bus, all our showings in major tournaments has been oblivious!!! We were dominated by Botswana, dominated by cape Verde hanging on a straw, dominated by Dr Congo, dominated by Burkina Faso, dominated by Mali all because of adopting Milos fraud tactics of PACKING THE BUS AND PLAYING COUNTER ATTACKING!; we deserve better!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 18, 2014 08:59 pm
    I want people to be very objective with this issue!!! Anytime we meet an opponent who are mostly MINNOWS, we choked against them and they rather tends to dominates us for a very long spell and the QUESTION IS WHY? The answer is very simple!! Milos counter attacking which has been adopted by AA too!! These minnows doesn't want to open up for us, refused to attack us and we become confused because we lack the creativity and guile to open up these tight defences and thats why we don't need milo again with the same old tactics of packing the bus and hitting opponent on the break... We need something different than this UN-FOOTBALL TACTICS!!
  • Praemonitus, praemunitus says:
    March 18, 2014 11:43 pm
    Akwasi Appiah has his strengths and Milo too. One of Akwasi Appiah's greatest strengths is unearthing new talents. But why he has not been able to solve our left and right back problems beat my imagination. Those are our Achilles heels. Again his inability to win against non-African opposition is very worrying - draws with China and Turkey; losses in Japan and Montenegro. And these are not really strong European opposition. Mind you, the WC is not against African opposition. Ghana was ranked 2nd in Africa when he took over, now we are the 5th or 6th team in Africa. I stand to be corrected though. Yet I still prefer he be his own man. If he needs help there are people like Odenke he can rope in to help. This is the same Milo guy who showed total disrespect to us as Ghanaians. Where is our pride? Remember, he wouldn't even return our President's call. Can we as a people achieve anything on our own? C'mon My people, be real.
  • Nana says:
    March 19, 2014 01:08 am
    He doesn't have contract with ghana , we need him more than he needs us , Kwasi Appiah knows a lot coaches why milo , because he knows what Milosevic is capable, grow up people, pride? Tell your president about pride in ghana economy
  • Chu says:
    March 19, 2014 01:17 am
    GSN stop pushing Milo. He is a finished nonentity. Who said we want to play 6 mins attack and 84 mins defence? Yusif Basigi, Didi Dramani ate better behind the sceners
  • keith from germany says:
    March 19, 2014 07:56 am
    Selfmade i will rather pack the bus 90 minutes to win a game than to play attractive and go home empty handed. Look at Greek all conquering side of 2004 or chelseas destructive way of winning the champions league title. Milos style of tactical played yielded dividends. He was called master tactician by top european experts during the Wc in 2010. As preamonitus said milo placed ghana on the world soccer map.he made ghana a force to reckon with by coaching us to the semi-final. Milo was able to win against stiffer oppositions akwesi appiah cant even win against china,montenegro,japan and turkey who for me are good but not worldclass. Selfmade u have hardened ur your heart towards milo just as pharoah hardened his hearts towards the isrealites. Milos effort with ghana was impressive and most of us dont care whether he gained success in the gulf or not. Selfmade i can see u hate milo.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 19, 2014 07:58 am
    Sorry not semi-final but rather quarterfinals
  • selfmade says:
    March 19, 2014 12:25 pm
    Keith.... Milo counter attacks and packing the bus didn't win us anything! All that endure was HEART ATTACK FOOTBALL AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE FOR 90 mins!