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Feature: The second coming of Milovan Rajevac – A hit or a miss?

Published on: 07 March 2014
Milovan Rajevac well on his way back into the Black Stars fold

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

While many have heralded what appears to be the second coming of Milovan Rajevac to the Black Stars as a ‘technical advisor’ to coach Kwesi Appiah, there are subtle concerns over whether a man who has been out of the job for three years is sharp enough to inspire yet another successful World Cup campaign.

There is no doubt about the quality of the Serbian trainer – on the account of what he did for Ghana during his two year reign as Black Stars coach - but the saying: ‘a man is as good as his last job’ doesn’t really do ‘Milo’ any favours in the present day.

The 60-year-old was SACKED in 2011 as the coach of the Qatar national team just within six months of taking over.

After shocking defeats to lowly India and Vietnam, the signs of stale progress were vaguely evident to officials of the Qatar FA who decided the obvious by giving the revered Serbian the boot. Rajevac has been jobless since.

The master is returning as a servant to his then servant

Yes, he was linked to the Egyptian national team job in 2011 but he eventually lost out to American Bob Bradley – a decision the Egyptian FA sorely regrets after the Pharaohs were thrashed in the playoffs for the 2014 World Cup by ‘Milo’s’ former employers Ghana.

So even though the great works of the master Serbian tactician remains fresh in the minds of Ghanaians, the fact remains he has been inactive for three-years and perhaps not in tune with the modern trends of the game, especially when being brought in for another beckoning World Cup campaign.

Historically, Ghana does not do well with returness – German coach Bukhard Ziese is a classical example.

After his initial impressive works as coach of Ghana – ironically over a two year period from 1990 – Ziese returned to coach the Black Stars in 2003 but was shipped off almost immediately.

Ziese who probably was detached from the modern trends of the game decided to put Edward Ansah who who had not kept for the Black Stars for years in goal for a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier – a decision which proved futile and ultimately finally ended Ansah’s overdue international career.

Kwesi Appiah has asked his former boss to advice him at the 2014 World Cup

Ghana can however not afford such an expensive mistake with the return of Milovan Rajevac – who has not coached in three years – at the 2014 World Cup where the Black Stars are desperate to perform even much better than previous campaigns.

Despite all the great things to be said about coach Milovan Rajevac, the analysis of what appears to be his second coming rages on and now with a new twist of facts and historical observations.

Coach Kwesi Appiah and the Ghana FA indeed have a big decision to make and it will be very interesting to see what they arrive at.

The ultimate overriding motive should however be in the interest of our dear Black Stars going into the World Cup in Brazil.

Do you think Milovan Rajevac return to the Black Stars fold will be a hit or a miss?

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  • anokwale says:
    March 08, 2014 12:48 pm
    You have spoken well. Milo was not all that. We got some lucky bounces and calls and it worked out well for us. Sometimes a team just has to stay in the gamegame and the breaks come. You give credit to the players in such situations.
  • borabora says:
    April 05, 2014 03:52 am
    dooya is solution for ghana
  • selfmade says:
    March 07, 2014 02:22 pm
    @ cudjoe.... Yes we didn't give up alot of goals but what people are missing is that in south Africa, we NEARLY DIDNT QUALIFY TO THE SECOND ROUND!! We qualified to the second round with the help of Australia beating Serbia and even that Serbians were denied a clear goal by the ref!! Australia did us a big favour by beating Serbia otherwise Ghana would have been kicked out!! We qualified to the second round thru luck and not because of any tactical approach!! Again, during the group stages, we choked against Australia when we needed to against 10 man australia and my question is this, where did milo tactical ingenuity went? Even if I quite remember, milo packed the bus against ten man Australia and we were saved by australia beating Serbia!! During Milos time our play was shambolic to say the least!!
  • millennium says:
    March 07, 2014 11:59 am
    fiifi, whatever is pinching him should pinch him o. "s3 asiriwa su gyenkutu su a, neto pae" . he knew the task is too big for u...and he went for it
  • Gideon says:
    March 07, 2014 12:03 pm
    Every Ghanian was happy when Akwesi was given the job. At last we have a coach who is Ghanian. Now our Ghanian coach is going for foreign consultant. Why then do we have to continue keeping the coach on the job?
  • boro says:
    March 07, 2014 12:30 pm
    Oh Ghana! A country of jokers occupying leadership positions. In the past it has always been the public a calling for the white coach but this time the table has turned and we have a Ghanaian coach we all supported when he was appointed giving back power to the white man himself, what an irony! That is, if what I have read is true, if not the usual way of these nation wreckers setting up an agenda by putting this up. In anyway should it be Rajevac? even if we need an advisor for AA. A man who completely failed after leaving the BS disrespectfully and now I am told he is out of job because he knows nothing! Now this good for nothing coach comes as an advisor to the one who in my opinion is even doing better than when he was in charge. If indeed AA need advisor then it should be world class coach in the level of Guadiola's, Mourinho's etc but definitely not a professional failure as Rajevac. Oh AA, I think what you need now is to first of all, waking up from you sleep because you have been sleeping for quite a long time since we qualified and then being constantly on the bench issuing instructions to your boys to make sure they play to your instructions and ask perfection from your boys. In fact this should be done seconds by seconds or minutes by minutes as and when match is in progress to make sure your boys are always alert and are playing to perfection. You must be prepared to punish those who do not play to your instructions henceforth by even calling for substitutions of players in a game as early as first 20minutes when they are seen to be indiscipline to your instructions. Please, do not sit at the bench like a dumb because football coaching is not for dumbest. You can choose to be dumb when you are alone with your family, that is your private life and no one cares but do not come and sit at our BS bench and watch on when the players play any how like it happened in the Montenegro match aaba! I think this are what you need right now and not Rajevac. In fact in our next match against Netherlands I want to see much improvement and want to see you on the bench issuing instructions constantly until you get perfection to your teams play else you better leave our BS for us and go and continue your security job in the UK.
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    March 07, 2014 11:20 am
    AA did not just get up and ask for a helping hand from Milo, he knows exactly what he needs from him.Think of it, AA was also assistant to Le Roy, he could have also suggested him ! Please leave AA to do his work, he has reached a point where he has to concentrate on his preparations and he needs some "peculiar materials" etc.It is not a matter of white man lording over a blackman, it is a matter of being pragmatic. It is AA who is "on the spot" and knows where the shoe is "pinching" him and he is the only one who knows where to find relief! He is in charge and if he says he needs some special "advice" from Milo, so be it! Please give him what he needs to succeed!
  • MARK A. says:
    March 07, 2014 10:31 am
  • Steve says:
    March 07, 2014 09:20 am
    Milo is easily the best coach Ghana has EVER had. The tactical awareness he brought to our team is something that African teams just dont have normally. I just worry that such an addition could undermine Kwesi.
  • Codjoe says:
    March 07, 2014 09:36 am
    @selfmade we really didnt give up much goals either. Recall our group game against germany. They scored only 1. Defence wins games. Milo can help organize the back wil AA get the midfield and attack
  • SIMPLE says:
    March 07, 2014 09:38 am
  • selfmade says:
    March 07, 2014 08:21 am
    So if the advisory role is different from been the coach then what is his role then? The only thing we know is that milo is a coach and hence is going to advice appiah on what do n this is quite ridiculous to say the least because if he was so good, why didn't he use those lofty ideas to succeed in his previous job!! This guy is coming to milk us again and there is not tactical about this coach too!! In fact during his reign as the bs coach, our play was shambolic and we could hardly even score a goal!!
  • Franky says:
    March 07, 2014 07:42 am
    thank God milo is back now so called big players will be serious as for him if u don't train well u don't play. I know this sources from the player they really like him and kwasi appiah like him too. because when he was in Ghana he give a lot of respect to AA does why AA want to give him job. God bless AA for remembering milovan
  • apiangalege says:
    March 07, 2014 07:43 am
    I know someone will probably question my interest in this matter since am a Nigerian not a Ghanaian but I will still say my own.Ghana s about to make a mistake they ll regret for a very long time at the end of day by going backwards trying to go forward.The return of Milo Rajevac will not solve anything..sink or swim with Akwesi Appiah!
  • 21guns says:
    March 07, 2014 07:58 am
    People are confused about this just sit down and watch what he can do. Technical advisors are different from coaches
  • millennium says:
    March 07, 2014 06:03 am
    This is a useless decision. What new thing can we get from this old horse? This man, his tactics and strategies are known to us....what new thing can he bring on board apart from his one goal project? So couldn't the coach and fa have gone for somebody who brings new tactics? In fact. ...Ghana paaa nie! What country is this?
  • Kobby says:
    March 07, 2014 06:06 am
    I had been lament since, that can AA technicality give us some thing good in this wc and it was said before, that ghana may need a white coach to take us to the wc but most people deny it , so now i may ask is it that the coach him self has admited or what .
  • Codjoe says:
    March 07, 2014 06:19 am
    I really dont see the problem. He did very well in 2010 i think 2 heads better then one. And no coach does things alone. I like this choice
  • musah fifa says:
    March 07, 2014 07:34 am
    kwesi appiah can't caoch the national team Black Stars, he's afraid of the world cup, he can't do it, this is not CAN.
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 08, 2014 08:17 pm
    Ameenu Shardow, stop F$#KING recycling articles. aaaah... da'fuq???????????