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Feature: Milo who? A confused nation with no sense of direction

Published on: 26 August 2014
Milovan Rajevac

By Nathan Gadugah, 

We are back again! Back to base. An ignominious return to the foreign-local coach banter all over again. Only this time we have decorated the monkey and given it a new name-technical advisor- instead of the head coach we all know.

Who are we deceiving? Who is the FA deceiving? Nobody but ourselves!!!

The talk about a new technical advisor to the Black Stars head coach only confirms a confused nation with no badge of honour and dignity, no sense of direction; no plan. The only plan is the plan to fail and failure beckons with alacrity.

According to the FA, Kwasi Appiah is not competent. Sorry, they didn't say that. They suggested it by coming up with this new monkey of a technical advisor position. And who are they considering- Milovan Rajevac and one other nonentity Flemming Serritslev if the information by the Graphic Sports is anything to go by.

How sick can we be as a country? And there is supposed to be a three-man committee in place shopping for this new monkey of a position.

Milo who?

Our fascination with Serbia managers knows no shame. And our obsession for Milovan Rajevac is insanely dishonourable.

Milovan Rajevac was a nobody knew. We picked him up, changed his diapers and made him so-called World Class coach and what did he do, he dumped us, like a heartless woman would do to her man, and picked up the highest offer from the highest bidder just a day after resigning his position from the Black Stars. That was purely sentimental. I know. Because no matter how i despise him, he still did a good job for the Black Stars while at post.

But what happened to Milo after he left Ghana? He went to Saudi Club of Al Ahli. He spent barely a year over there and was fired for non performance.

In February 2011 he was appointed as coach of Qatar and was sacked in August of that same same year. He spent barely six months at post. Milo lost to India and Vietnam, two countries never known to playing football let alone winning a game.

Qatar was embarrassed, in fact humiliated and sent Milo packing back to his native Serbia. He had since been unemployed.

In September 2011 he applied for the job of the manager of the Egyptian national team. He was shortlisted together with Bob Bradley. The Egyptian FA settled on Bradley and left Milo who is still without a job.

Today he is being considered as a technical advisor to coach Kwasi Appiah. What...!!!! I nearly wrote nonsense.

Let's look at this scenario. Egypt knows a good coach when it sees one. The north African country selected Bradley over Milo and the former had a stupendous World Cup qualification campaign until it met Ghana.

They had never lost a match until they met Ghana. And they never lost against Ghana either. They were humiliated and annihilated in a 7-3 aggregate scoreline by a Ghana coach who was considered inferior by his own people ahead of that game.

Appiah qualified Ghana to the world cup with panache; scored over 20 goals in that campaign and conceded just six, a qualification record that surpassed what his two predecessors- Ratomir Dujkovic and Milovan Rajevac- had done.

Fast forward to the World Cup in Brazil and I am first to admit that Appiah made some fundamental mistakes in the game against US which we lost by 2-1 but i had no doubts in my mind that Ghana would qualify for the next stage of the competition if the men at the FA and at the Ministry had done their elementary jobs.

And I state emphatically that those mistakes did not include the use of Kwadwo Asamoah on the left side of defence. Many have attempted to explain the difference between a left full back and a left wing back position and why Asamoah was fit for a wing back position and not a full back position. But the fact still remains that unlike Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, our infamous left back debacle was no longer a problem in Brazil 2014. Kwadwo Asamoah had played that role so well, created two goals of the four we scored at the World Cup and defended so well, better than any of the so-called defenders we had taken in previous tournaments.

If Appiah had to take the flak for that so be it but the point is in the game of football the comfort of some players in specific positions are and can be sacrificed for the good of the team and we have seen that in Essien for Chelsea, Valencia for Manchester United and many others. Why not Asamoah?

Why Appiah used Daniel Opare in the US game and kept him for the entire duration; why he brought on Albert Adomah were fundamental mistakes i struggle to understand.

He corrected those mistakes in the game against Germany and what was the result? That game was the most talked about game in Brazil and adjudged as the most competitive. Ghana should have won that game but Germany were lucky to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat. It was the only point dropped by the eventual winners.

Ghana needed to win against Portugal to qualify to the next stage and what happened. We all know that don't we? The FA chairman was accused of fixing matches; the ministry had not paid the players their appearance fees. There was fisticuffs; players had turned against management members. It was complete anarchy in camp- one that Appiah had no control over.

How in the world was he to lead a team like that to beat Portugal and to qualify to the next stage? He needed a miracle to do so. He was only a man. If he had just the same support Dujkovic had in 2006 or Rajevac in 2010 I bet the story would have been different in 2014.

If the FA thinks in spite of the circumstances Appiah should have met his target of a semi-final birth at the World Cup, they are free to sack him instead of this huge insult of getting him a Milovan Rajevac caliber of a technical advisor. I feel insulted by that disgusted all the more at the mention of Flemming Serritslev. He is like a gold digger, a pauper looking for a pot of gold. And guess what he may be handed the pot of gold and given all the support, because he is a foreigner.

Check out his CV. His best was an assistant coach of the Danish National Team. He had stints with the Danish U-21 national team and with a club in Iran which he failed to impress.

That is the caliber of person we are going to pay thousands of dollars to in the name of a technical advisor position.


This article has 26 comment(s), give your comment
  • jeff says:
    August 28, 2014 02:44 pm
    @Samedge,please stop taking drugs,because it is not only affecting your weak brains,but you now look like a scare crow.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 28, 2014 05:52 pm
    I and I still maintains, no white God and no white technical director.
  • Yaw says:
    August 28, 2014 12:23 pm
    Some Ghanaians think just b'cos one advocates for a "white" Coach, then it means one has an inferiority complex. No! No! No! If it takes a "white, blue, red, yellow" Coach to give us success, why not? England - known as the "mother land of football"; has had Swedish, Italian Coaches, & there are no complaints. My point,....IF WE HAVE COMPETENT LOCAL (BLACK) COACHES, THEN LET THEM COACH US! Let's all agree, Coach Appiah is simply incompetent, & if it requires that we (Ghana) must "dance with the devil" to acheive success, then I am all for it. B'cos a white man coaces me, trains me, teaches me, does not mean that he is a better person to me, or is superior to me. Its those who assume such, whom I refer to as having an inferiority complex. As far as am concerned, the whole incompetent leadership in Ghana, must be replaced by "Yellow, white, blue men/women" who are competent to run our dear country.
  • ANANE DJAN says:
    August 30, 2014 07:43 pm
    I am always baffled when l hear that milo is a good coach. He is just an opportunist. No job since 2011. Such a good coach? Olala, The 2010 world cup tells me milo is as useless as his assistant at that time. and now we want to in a way reverse their roles, GOD SAVE THE MOTHERLAND, Milo said in 2010 that he forgot to change keepers for the penalty shootout, what a coach. the truth is with the calibre of players that ghana posesses, any grade zero coach with a little of common sense should be able to perform. do u know why milo couldnt showcase in saudi and qatar? no good players there. Appiah is not a coach. Let us revisit brazil; 1. dropping schlupp & taking Adomah (a close associate) & Nkoom 2, kasamoah misused at the back while could have been deployed better in midfield - schlupp at back 3. usa match - a disaster. what was the presence of adomah for? benching kevin, essien etc till when the US get tired. primary school mentality. 4, he is part to blame for what happened in brazil. a good coach should also posess human management skills. he could have talked to them on one on one basis with the assistance of his captain (whom he appointed). the captain was/is equally useless & does not deserve the position 5, dropping kwarassey at the last minute (on the advice of john boye & asamoah gyan) without talking to the young man, reason being he doesnt speak our language, i am sure wherever boye plays, our language is being spoken there, this is quite nonsense. but the coach bought the language argument, this shows how shallo minded the coach & the captain are, 6. crying in front of the players after we were kicked out. how mature is appiah to be leading a group of young lads, 7, friendly matches - experimenting, did same at brazil. he cannot learn, he is either dull, idealess, clueless, unimaginative, unrealistic, or simply dumd in terms of coaching, he was a good player but the worst kind of a coach, HE DID NOT NEED A TECH ADVISOR FOR BRAZIL but NEEDS A TECH FOR AFCON, NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.....................................WHAT HE NEEDS IS TO BE SHOWN THE EXIT DOOR. I JUST DONT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE GFA BECOS ONE MAY HAVE TO WRITE A DISSERTATION OF 5 VOLUMES, GHANA NEEDS A SAVIOUR FOR OUR FOOTBALL, THAT SAVIOUR IS NOT MILO OR APPIAH OR MILO & APPIAH WH
  • Cash says:
    August 30, 2014 05:43 pm
    I'm so sorry there is NO SENSE in Nathan Gadugah's comments.
  • Axe says:
    August 27, 2014 03:46 pm
    Anokwale: I agree with you. It would be a better investment to either send Appiah for European training the next 4 years, or dismiss him and get another coach. Let's face it the GFA's options are slim. They cannot get a top or decent manager to coach the Black Stars. However knowing the Ghanaian mindset of how overly critical they are of their coaches I don't know how their fans would accept 'investing' in their coach. As I said Appiah isn't a stellar coach, but if you break down the three world cup games he coached honestly you can fairly assess Appiah's coaching from two matches, The USA and Germany games. The USA game was poor management. The Germany game was great. The game against Portugal any reasonable person would have to dismiss that. It's impossible to coach a team that refuses to train and get ready because their FA can't get basic things right. So many things are wrong with and it starts with the GFA in my opinion. They've got to tighten things up. My question is if you dismiss Appiah who do you get to replace him? As I said no world class coach, or even a top second or third tier coach would want to coach the black stars, no matter how talented they are because their employer the GFA is a circus of an organization. Who would want to put themselves in a toxic organization with no support. Goodness some of the press conferences during the world cup when Coach Appiah was lamenting over the sleepless nights of the mess going on in camp which was no fault of his own, was just painful to watch. Even the BBC said Ghana gave up 9 points in their group and knowledgeable football commentators in Europe were even touting Ghana to make a final 4 appearance. It time we stop beating a dead horse and forget the past, and lets LEARN from the 2014 debacle and start focusing on AFCON 2015 and Russian 2018.
  • selfmade says:
    August 27, 2014 01:13 am
    Another useless, clueless, desperate Serbian who is jobless! A counter attacking coach with pack the bus philosophy!!
  • anokwale says:
    August 27, 2014 12:54 pm
    Axe: I am glad you have analyzed this correctly. What I would add, as I have said before: simply have Appiah take the training courses that he needs. Why bring another person and create confusion as to who is in charge and who has authority? Not good management.
  • costi says:
    August 27, 2014 02:39 pm
    Stupidity at it best. U son of a he goat. Wht are trying to tell me, AA is a gud coach. Let continue coaching until the ......
  • Samedge says:
    August 26, 2014 09:10 am
    Nonis mother is a midfielder. She is at the centre distributing her vagina to Hiv prone strikers to score goals. I hav taken my male dog to the field & i know this whore will my male dog a nice pass(vagina) to score.
  • Samedge says:
    August 26, 2014 09:28 am
    Today my eyes are as red as mumbis mothers vagina
  • PITO says:
    August 26, 2014 09:28 am
    **** you Nathan Gadugah! Where was Kwasi Appiah before he got appointed as assistant coach? And to whom was he an assistant? This Akwasi Appiah you are praising so much where was he before he became the so called maestro coach you are praising now? Once again **** you Gadugah! We are talking about football nations and you mention Qatar **** you Gadugah! Yes Milo quit for a better deal, that is simple business ask Asamoah Gyan and Sunderland. Nathan Gadugah, **** you for behaving like a jealous woman instead of thinking from your head Gadugah!
  • anokwale says:
    August 26, 2014 09:58 am
    I am not sure what the insults above are about but I will talk football. This technical advisor thing is just not going to work. It is just going to cause more confusion. Why not just pay for Appiah to get his Euefa license. He can take the courses online and go to Europe during breaks. Simple.
  • PITO says:
    August 26, 2014 11:28 am
    I am NOT in support of this technical advisor scheme. But if GFA is not willing to sack Appiah then hiring a technical advisor is the RIGHT CALL! And no one fits this bill other than Milovan as he has worked together Appiah in the past!. Discrediting Milovan Rajevac as a bad coach and hailing Appiah as a Good coach like this writer with a fake name is arguing is foolish to say the least!! This is clearly the work of a journalist whose palms has been greased whilst in Brazil. Like all the rest of GSN journalist. Have anyone noticed how this site is very bias towards the Truthful senior players and character assassinating KPB even after the worldcup.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 26, 2014 11:46 am
    When a ghanaian child is born he is shown a picture of some dirty blond and told that is God so what do you expect.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 26, 2014 11:51 am
    What do you expect? We will never know our worth till we do away with this notion of a white God. Ug
  • Fabs says:
    August 26, 2014 12:48 pm
    This writer is confusing the issue of the foreign local coach/technical adviser debate with the issue of whether or not Kwesi Appiah is competent. Appiah is not competent, so he should have been sacked, but GFA is playing politics and wants to have a half hashed position. Insulting Rajevec in support of Appiah is deluded. Appiah has been to two tournaments and flopped yet his apologists like this 419 journalist can't seem to stop defending him. Rajevec may not be the right call but Appiah is not the answer, but in Ghana chopping money/bribes talks.
  • Champion says:
    August 26, 2014 12:59 pm
    Eeeeeeiiiii GH !!!! Where from this article ???? Hmmmmm.....!!!!!
  • Johnny says:
    August 26, 2014 01:32 pm
    I was getting well along with the writer, concerning the absurdity of Milo coming to Ghana for a job, until he started kissing Appiah's butt as a good coach. If you think Akwasi Appiah is a good coach then you have no credibility.
  • xoxoKSxoxo says:
    August 26, 2014 01:55 pm
    This is a very stupid article. Milo's contract ended and he refused to renew. He did not dump us as this article says. The writer is writing out of his emotions rather than feeding us with fact. Horrible piece. Please take it down ghanasoccernet. Kwesi Appiah, a good coach or one that can be counted as a good coach if given time? please! have you been living under a rock all these years? Racism is a decease which has eaten so much into the minds of many so much that, they dont know when it is being applied and when its not being used. Hiring a competent coach has nothing to do with color. I work for a white man does not mean I am being used as a slave. Hiring a white man for a job in Africa does not mean he is going to be our slave master. The fools are the ones who want to apply slavery and racism to everything black and white. Educate yourselves and find a competent coach - black or white.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 26, 2014 02:19 pm
    If white people had their way even the air that we breath will be cut off. Xoxo wise up.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 26, 2014 03:17 pm
    No white coach and no white God.
  • JOHN AKPA (nickname) says:
    August 26, 2014 03:49 pm
    What I know is that Rajecvac succeeded first with the local national team and then with the Black Stars. The writer mentioned the jobs he did after he left Ghana. Those countries and clubs throw money at you but fail to realise that a coach needs time and good results do not always come straightaway. Qatar should not be embarrassed if they lose to India or Vietnam. They are not a strong football nation themselves. Assistant coach in the Danish team that won the Euros is a top post. Ghana cannot afford to pay people with the sort of CVs the writer probably wants.
  • Dasaitshy says:
    August 26, 2014 08:03 pm
    We need a white man to lead us cos we lack discipline and direction.
  • Axe says:
    August 26, 2014 08:26 pm
    The writer is merely making a point about Milo, the GFA, and Appiah. Yet only few truly understand what he's trying to express. First,In regards to the head coach.He's not hyping up Appiah to be a great coach, but he's giving credit and at the same time pointing out where Appiah went wrong. Nevertheless it's a fact Appiah isn't a stellar coach, but its fact that Appiah didn't have the same support his predecessors did. Milo and Dujkovic didn't have to deal with player mutiny and money issues. A top name coach wouldn't come to work for a circus of a GFA not matter how much money you gave him. Secondly, he points out the elementary flaws of the GFA. If basic competency doesn't exist at the highest level and they can't even pay their players on time or even pay their players at all, then what do you think will happen? Would you work for free? I highly doubt it. Thirdly, if you read about Flemming Serritslev, he's been known to clash with past FA's he's worked with. And let's not forget Milo left the Black Stars high and dry after 2010. If he did it once don't you think Milo is capable of leaving Ghana again? So much to comment on, but the write makes very strong points. The GFA needs to get their house in order for ANY coach to have a chance at succeeding with the Black Stars.
  • anokwale says:
    August 31, 2014 04:40 pm
    Yaw: I agree that it does not matter the color or nationality of the coach. However, I do think that many posters are taking the wrong approach on the Appiah issue. Does he have faults? Yes. Did he take us to the WC when many doubted him? Yes. Therefore, we know that we have someone who simply needs to take some continuing education courses and get his EUEFA license. Taking a drastic action at this time is not going to help matters. We have AFCON qualifiers and an AFCON that we should not take lightly at all. If Appiah is fired, exactly who is going to come in and be a miracle worker? This is one of those situations where we need to work with what we have and make any moves AFTER AFCON. Sometimes we forget that we won two big pressure games against Zambia and Egypt to qualify and we were the only team to have a lead against Germany and not lose to Germany. We are not that bad. We have weaknesses in the back line and goal and our coach could make a few better decisions here and there but we are not in an emergent mode. Frankly, I think we have a team that has been over achieving the past four years and we sometimes have unrealistic expectations.