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Ex Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac 'very much interested' in Black Stars return

Published on: 11 March 2014
Milovan Rajevac well on his way back into the Black Stars fold

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac says he is very much interested in a return to the Black Stars fold in any capacity for the 2014 World Cup.

The Serbian trainer has been contacted by coach Kwesi Appiah over the possibility of joining Ghana’s backroom staff for the tournament which kicks off in June.

The 60-year-old remains a very popular figure in Ghana due to his impressive work while he was coach of the Black Stars between 2008-2010.

Rajevac led the Black Stars to the finals of the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola where he narrowly missed out on the title in a 1-0 defeat to Egypt.

He then followed it up with another impressive performance with the Black Stars months later at the 2010 World Cup where Ghana suffered a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Uruguay to miss out on an historic semi final spot in South Africa.

The Serbian’s intended return to the Black Stars team as a supporting cast to Kwesi Appiah’s backroom staff has however stirred huge controversy in Ghana.

Many have questioned the commitment of the former Qatar boss after ditching the Black Stars in the aftermath of the 2010 World Cup to sign a lucrative contract with Saudi club Al Ahli.

But Rajevac speaking through his trusted interpreter Nenad Glisic says the prospect of being part of another successful World Cup campaign in Brazil proves too strong a motivation to walk away from.

“He [Rajevac] is waiting for Kwasi [Appiah] if he will take him as an advisor but he is more than willing to help,” Glisic told Takoradi-based Melody FM.

“So he [Rajevac] is waiting for the call in whatever capacity, he is ready to help.

“He enjoyed very good success four years ago in the World Cup with the Black Stars and now he is interested in doing that again.”

Rajevac is currently unemployed after being sacked for poor performance as coach of Qatar in 2011.


This article has 20 comment(s), give your comment
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 12, 2014 11:14 pm
    Appiah is the coach now therefore he needs to prove us all wrong for doubting is credentials...we dont need milo or yogurt.
  • selfmade says:
    March 12, 2014 01:53 pm
    A coach who relies on packing the bus and hitting the opponent on counter attacks is only good for coaching underdog teams!! Counter attacking play fits underdog trams and Ghana has matured to a stage where we have to try to unlock opposition defence regardless of whether is packed or not! BRINGING MILO BACK MEANS GOING BACK TO OUR UNDERDOG STATUS PLAY!!
  • bawah says:
    March 12, 2014 09:03 am
  • bawah says:
    March 12, 2014 09:06 am
  • selfmade says:
    March 11, 2014 11:58 pm
    @ spellBOUND.... Mate, u have a good opinion and I respect u for that but my question is this to you, why do very good coaches always succeed with very average player! A good coach brings out the best in his average players regardless of the team in coach!! There are so many egs of coaches having quality footballers in their setup and still couldn't delivered and a very typical eg is ivorian team in south Africa!! Another very typical example is the Barcelona team that has messi, eto, henry and ronaldinho and still couldn't gel because the coach at that time couldn't blend these quality stars togather!! A great coach needs not to have messi or c.ronaldo in his team to churn out results but can still make do with the available players around to win matches! Again, appiah is a good tactician too but people are underestimating him!! During the WC playoffs in Kumasi and Cairo, he made two awesome changes and those players came out to score for them!! In Kumasi, atsu came from the bench to score a great goal for the bs and did we gave appiah his dues? In Cairo when the Egyptians were all over us, appiah again made an awesome change by bringing KPB who eventually kill the game for us and did we gave appiah his dues?! No and I guesses if those changes were effected by a white coach, the media ll be calling him a tactician by now!
  • Benny says:
    March 11, 2014 10:57 pm
    Honestly the whole idea of local coach is defeated.Keshi is taking the Nigerian team without any technical help from anybody. AA is timid with no gut.Milo is sniffing around for cheap glory.l can boldly say anybody with half brain can coach the Black Stars .If the Job was given to Bobo(bobo)He UK who is behaving like a man drowning in the ocean. AA should be sacked because he lacks the pedigree to coach and to lead. If MIlo had succeeded in Quata,would he voice that he will serve in any capacity?
  • ghanaman says:
    March 11, 2014 10:53 pm
    Useless Yoruba idiot. Get your own name.
  • mukmin says:
    March 11, 2014 10:42 pm
    What is your point? If you disagree and have something constructive to say do so cos I cannot read in between the lines of idiotic comments.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 11, 2014 10:43 pm
    Our savior Milo,lead us to another shot @the W/cup and thanks for coming back.
  • Rasheed says:
    March 11, 2014 09:27 pm
    What have you been drinking of late, because your comments look like the one coming from a drunkard.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 11, 2014 09:54 pm
    self, i have read most of your comments on this issue, and i think its time i put in my 2 cents... so are you telling us that AA is succeeding because of his tactics??? as a good tactician fails with sub-par players, so does a bankrupt tactician succeed with good players. it goes both ways mate. credit cannot be always given to the coach. and in this case, if there was ever an argument to be made that one does not need a quality coach to win, AA's case would be it. you can have all the tactics you want, if your players suck, u will fail. case in point; AA can coach barcelona and win games. but we all know that it won't be because of his tactics. on the other hand, jose mourihno can coach Benin and fail because coaching alone is useless if the skill is not there, while the other isn't always true. the one issue you're ignoring in this whole argument is SKILL. it makes an average coach seem like a god, and a great coach look average. all this milo this milo that.... the question you should be asking is why has AA asked for milo's help? the answer to that question will set us all free...
  • johnny says:
    March 11, 2014 07:09 pm
    This Milo guy is reportedly interviewing for a coaching job at Benin, but he is demanding too much money. This same network reported that Appiah had contacted Milo for help. They then later posted an article quoting Milo saying that Appiah had not at all said anything to him about helping him with the Black Stars. This network is all over the place, and Milo will come back to Ghana only when he can't find anything else out there, and probably ask for more money than Appiah himself is being paid.
  • selfmade says:
    March 11, 2014 06:12 pm
    Good tacticians cant turn average players into world stars but THEY CAN BRING THE BEST OUT OF THESE AVERAGE PLAYERS AND THATS THE DIFFERENCE! Is not about the quality of players but how to bring the best out of them and this is what milo couldn't do in his sojourn! He has failed and we shouldn't show him any sympathies!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 11, 2014 06:46 pm
    He is not good enough to coach Ghana. we have moved on to bigger better things...
  • selfmade says:
    March 11, 2014 06:07 pm
    If a so called good tactician cannot succeed with his players available, then it means he is not GOOD!! A good tactician make use of the available materials to churned out results!! We can all be coaches if we can have a very quality players!!
  • kkknj says:
    March 11, 2014 05:52 pm
    Well, we have the talent and he realized that so he changed his mind. He now respect Ghana regardless of our color because after he tasted other colored people and their mentality, he has no choice but to make a u'turn. I think at this time GFA and all Ghanaians must bury their diferences and consider the story of the prodigal son. Take him to the Kologono lake and baptize him to purge him off.
  • mukmin says:
    March 11, 2014 05:53 pm
    This is Appiah's decision to make if he thinks he will benefit from Milo's help why not. They have worked together in the past and already have a rapport built even kings and presidents have advisers. Milo has very good tactical know how. People will argue he failed in Qatar and Saudi but I bet Ancelloti or Mou would not be able go get results with the quality or lack there of, of the players in those countries. You cannot turn a donkey into a thoroughbred horse.
  • Experience says:
    March 11, 2014 05:55 pm
    Ah ah ah we knew Akwasi Appiah could not do this job. Calling on Rajevac Milo is a recepe for dissaster. This man can't bring shit to the team. If he was that good, why was he sacked from Qatar? If this is what Nantakyi wants to go and for and cluelessly bragging about Ghana will win the world cup, then I will say HE IS A MORON. My suggestion is that we go in for someone like DUNGA, the ex-Brizilian coach. Thanks.
  • Experience says:
    March 11, 2014 06:00 pm
    Experience says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. March 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm Ah ah ah we knew Akwasi Appiah could not do this job. Calling on Rajevac Milo is a recepe for dissaster. This man can’t bring shit to the team. If he was that good, why was he sacked from Qatar? If this is what Nantakyi wants to go for and cluelessly bragging that Ghana will win the world cup, then I will say HE IS A MORON. My suggestion is that we go in for someone like DUNGA, the ex-Brizilian coach. Thanks.
  • selfmade says:
    March 11, 2014 06:04 pm
    What happened to him after he left ghana? Why didn't he succeeded with his clubs and countries he coached? What has changed now that he wants to serve in any capacity! This Serbian is desperate and wants to use our WC success to market himself again and probably take us to FIFA for some millions! I don't even understand this anymore! Are we as people so gullible? This guy abandoned us when we needed him the most and am surprised some people are hell bent to bring this ingrate again!! Don't we have better coaches who can help akwasi appiah! We do but I guess some members at the fa just want to overbloat the WC monies to include this Serbian deserter!! In the army, a soldier who deserts his rank is court martial and I guesses we have to pay this guy back because he is coming for the money!!