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Ghana FA president Nyantakyi confirms Rajevac interest for World Cup, insists on thorough discussion first

Published on: 07 March 2014
Milovan Rajevac has maintained contact with Ghanaians after his exit

Ghana FA (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed that they will thoroughly discuss the possibility of using Milovan Rajevac as part of the Black Stars backroom technical staff for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June.

Ghana's leading football news website exclusively revealed on Thursday that coach Kwesi Appiah has approached the GFA over the possibility using the Serbian manager as an advisor during the tournament in Brazil.

The Black Stars coach met the Serbian manager in Montenegro on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of playing an advisory role for his technical team for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

Rajevac, who is currently out of work, told sources in the Serbian media that he is seriously considering the offer from coach Kwesi Appiah.

Nyantakyi says he is open to the idea of using the Serbian at the World Cup but insists this must be thoroughly discussed before any decision is taken.

"I wish we could use him as one of our scouts for the World Cup, but this must be subjected to a thorough discussion before we could take any decision," Nyantakyi told GNA.

“It is not something that has been discussed, it just came to mind in this interview, but I think we can discuss and explore the possibilities of getting him to assist us during the world.

"We shall discuss the possibility of adding him to our scouts, because he could be of great help to the team.

"I do not really care about where help is coming from provided it will make the team better and give us the results."

The GFA will review the situation once Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is able to convince his former boss to return to the side in an advisory role for the 2014 World Cup.

Rajevac remains hugely popular amongst Ghanaians during his impressive reign as coach of the Black Stars where he led the side to the finals of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and almost guided Ghana to a historic semi final place at the last World Cup in South Africa – during which time Kwesi Appiah was his assistant.

The ex-Qatar coach is noted as a tactical genius for transforming the Black Stars into an almost unbeatable force during his two year reign from 2008.

Ghana coach Appiah is determined to make a stronger impact in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil where they are drawn in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA.


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  • Assemblyman says:
    March 07, 2014 06:39 pm
    i-man..charley its a national chop chop.i wonder like yourself if any of our leaders have conscience or sympathy on ghana..just imagine,those wealthy countries than us are going with lower sufficient badget.i wonder why on earth are we going to do with $20 million in brazil alone.besides there is nothing heard that ghana is building a soccer complex in brazil like germany.some of these things are open corruption.that man elvis afriyie ankra,i know him since his swedru all blacks days..a very corrupt and financial irresponsible man..well,when you talk the truth they link you to ndc or npp.meanwhile no one needs a spectacles to see that there is something wrong in this $20 million brouhaha..people are looking for the slightest opportunity to enrich themselves ,thats all.while our sports ,education and health systems are declining ..
  • borabora says:
    March 09, 2014 04:06 pm
  • boro says:
    March 07, 2014 01:58 pm
    'Charlie mengyae wo ho koraaa' As tadi man will say. 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.
  • Troy says:
    March 07, 2014 11:37 am
    You people have said a lot but Let's not forget Ghana just wants to go far in this worldcup with only Appiah I can tell you we are not aiming for the cup. But with some experienced coach backing him we can get out of that group of Death and go far. Appiah is inexperienced at the world stage let's not make the mistake. I say all hands on deck will help Ghana go far.
  • i-man says:
    March 07, 2014 09:01 am
    Oh bro. Assemblyman, Say and say it again, I feel like crying when i heard of this $20 million budget. MY QUESTION IS DON'T WE HAVE CONSCIENCE LEADERS IN GHANA TO KNOW THAT THIS IS POUR CORRUPTION AND AN EVIL WAY TO DESTROY THE POOR GHANIANS ?
  • rass says:
    March 07, 2014 08:33 am
    But viper is the coach himself who made the first move b'cos he know very well that the task ahead is much bigger than him. remember at the of day is about ghana
  • Assemblyman says:
    March 07, 2014 08:42 am
    Ghana soccer has always a problem..But the world cup isnt for little minds..If Ghana thinks AA isnt up to the task.They should be honest with him to resign immediately for a more experienced coach.well, he could do well in African and might not perform at the world cup.His technical bankruptcy was exposed during the African cup of nations tournament in South Africa against Niger,Cape Verde and Burkina Faso.Maybe its about time we drop some of our selfish interest and concentrate on Ghana first.Because they wouldnt be pardoned in anyway should their $20 million budget turned a mere waste after all. The US Soccer Federation’s World Cup budget for Brazil is listed at $2 million, but that might increase. *Algeria has proposed $5.8 million, $1 million of the amount will be received from the sponsorhips. The Belgium on December 12th announced an allocated €4.5 million for the National team during the world cup. Nigeria parliament has summoned the NFF and NSC to appear before it on March 10th to justify the proposed $9.5 million for the Eagles during the World Cup. My beloved Ghana has proposed $20 million for the Black Stars. USA $2million, Ghana $20million.
  • viper says:
    March 07, 2014 08:16 am
    What should Cameroon do? Be happy with their performance and stick to the coach because he is an expatriate??? We Africans want to be revered but don't want to work for it. Instead coming up with long term solutions to our problems,we will rather take comfort in silly quick fixes. This venture will definitely end in a disaster,if the GFA thinks the coach isn't good enough,then why was he employed in the first place??????
  • viper says:
    March 07, 2014 08:08 am
    Steven Keshi certainly isn't the first Nigerian to qualify Nigeria for the world cup,Shaibu Amodu did it twice,in both cases,he was dim not fit enough and foreign coaches were hired,that's 2002 and 2010 and in both cases,their world world cup campaign ended in disaster.They have now learned their lesson and we are stupidly about to repeat the same mistake.Should Cameroon sack their white coach for a more competent white??? After their humiliation at the hands of Portugal??? When was the last time Ghana won a friendly match??? All I can say is weak minded people.How do we expect the coach to perform well,when we have every idiot there us undermining his work???