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Ghana won't automatically sack coach for Nations Cup title failure

Published on: 29 November 2011

Ghana will not automatically sack its coach Goran Stevanovic if the Black Stars fail to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, says Kwesi Nyantakyi.

But the Ghana FA boss insists the Serbian coach will be fired if he to blame if the team fails in Africa's flagship tournament.

Black Stars impressive run in the qualifiers and superlative display at the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals make them one of favourites for the continental silverware.

Ghana have not won the African title since 1982 in Libya and there is pressure on the current pack of players to make history.

Nyantakyi told Kickoff that failure to win the tournament will not automatically mean that the Serbian will be fired from the post.

"It's not a clear cut situation but we are all hoping to win so it does not become an issue at all," Nyantakyi said.

"It is very clear that the Nations Cup is our objective. But at the end of the day if you are appraising a staff and the person has not met the targets then the reason for not achieving the objective are not his then you could compromise.

"But if the blame can be laid at his doorstep then there is no compromise."

The Ghana FA boss insists, Stevanovic who has been in charge of the Black Stars for nearly one year, has brought some positive changes to the dynamic team.

The Black Stars were defensively minded under previous coach Milovan Rajevac and Nyantakyi insists Stevanovic has overly impressed since taking charge.

"I have no doubt at all about his competences and capabilities. He has discharged himself creditably since he has been in charge," Nyantakyi said in reference to Stevanovic.

"In all the assignments that he has undertaken has convinced us he is the right man for the job. He is very offensive minded.

"Both him and Rajevac are tacticians but while Rajevac was defensive minded, this coach has been offensive minded which suits us.

“He has good control over the team and players, he tries to instill discipline, team work and proper work ethic and that for every team is hugely important."

The stability in the coaching area of the Black Stars is what has led to recent successes which has become the envy of many countries in Africa.

Stevanovic has won some important matches since taking charge including the important away wins over Congo and Sudan as well as the impressive 1-1 draw in the historic friendly against England at Wembley.

The Black Stars impressed in the friendly against Brazil but they lost 1-0.

While many Ghanaians are tipping the Black Stars for the title, Ivory Coast and Senegal have players with bigger profiles in world football.

Ivory Coast has in its ranks Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure as well as Gervinho.

The Teranga Lions have the best African strikers in Europe including Bundesliga top scorer Papiss Demba Cisse, French league goalking Moussa Sow and Demba Ba of Newcastle all start for the Senegalese who edged past Cameroon to qualify.

Ghana are in Group D alongside minnows Botswana, Mali and Guinea.

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  • JnrB says:
    November 29, 2011 10:10 am
    Why should GSN even publish this bullshit story, Ghanaians really want to win the tournament, and yes he will be sacked if he fails to win the cup for us. And please GFA don't play any games with we the die hard supporters of our national team Black Stars. Foolish story....Nkwasea s3m story
  • Kenneth County says:
    November 29, 2011 10:15 am
    Surely, it is important to ensure continuity for the sake of progress as constant changes of technical handlers can be detrimental to the the long term performance and success of a team. So it is essential to keep Stevanovich for the World Cup Qualifiers next year. The question is what happens if he decides not to renew his contract? So I think the GFA should also have contingency plans in case he declines to renew his contract after the AFCON. It is against this scenario that I believe it would be a very good idea if Plavi's assistant, Akwasi Appiah is groomed for the role in case the incumbent decides not to renew his contract. What gives me cause for concern is after achieving success with a team, a coach becomes the target of ambitious countries and clubs with large wallets who will be prepared to prise him away for more greener pastures. It has happened to us before. We have to be prepared for any scenario so that our World Cup ambition is not derailed by a sudden change in technical personnel handling the Black Stars.
  • Billymoore says:
    November 29, 2011 10:17 am
    Jnr. B. My brother I believe you could have made your point clear without insults. Lets all try and be a decorous in our comments, please. On the Coach, GFA please let the man understand that the work is here in Ghana. He should therefore stay and help identify talents just like Kwasi Appiah did for the U23 team
  • JnrB says:
    November 29, 2011 10:22 am
    @Billymoore I understand your point, maybe I went to hash on this, but why should they even publish this story, what are they trying to tell us.
  • kwame rastah says:
    November 29, 2011 10:56 am
    Plavi if u dont win d cup u will surely be sacked bcos dis is our best chance to win d cup.
  • texas says:
    November 29, 2011 12:11 pm
    Winning the cup does not just depend on how good a coach is. It also depends on the kind of materials the coach has at his disposal. Ivory Coast and Senegal have better one on one players than Ghana so people should not think Ghana can just go and win the cup. Winning will require a combine effort from both technical team and players. On the part of the players there should be no complacency, they play as a team and play for one another, and also use their scoring chances effectively as they come. That is the only way Ghana can win. People can ask GFA to call their favorite players but none of these players is better Ivory Coast and Senegal players at the moment.
  • Kenneth County says:
    November 29, 2011 12:33 pm
    Greetings bro. Texas. Nice to hear from you. Just want to echo your point that winning the does not just depend on how good a coach is. Right preparations; players motivation, mentality and team work are also essential. It is clear our first opponents, Botswana are planning very well towards this tournament. What bothers me a little is the location chosen for our preparations. Facilities-wise, the South African location is ok. But I wonder if the climate there is similar to the one in Gabon. Botswana begin their preparations nearly one month before us. And they will be finalising their preparations in Cameroon 2 weeks before the tournament to acclimitise while Ghana will only be in the region just a couple of days before the start of the tournament. I pray to the Almighty that acclimitising in Central Africa will not hamper the Stars ability to deliver.
  • ike says:
    November 29, 2011 01:29 pm
    I think the players should have at least 4 to 5 days rest in Gabon before the tournament starts. South Africa is too far away. The long journey might negate all the training they have made. It has happened to the team before. Remember Ghana and Saudi Arabia? Anyway we pray for the team and handlers.
  • texas says:
    November 29, 2011 12:59 pm
    Excellent point my bros Kenneth County! We got a long way to go. People just blame coaches or say the team will only be better if their favorite players are called without thinking about preparation, team chemistry, player commitment and attitude towards winning. I hope our team leaves no stone unturned as they prepare for ANC 2012 as that is the way to win or pass or even do well.
  • access says:
    November 29, 2011 03:34 pm
    Most people will agree that Ghana have the material and the quality players to win this AFCON cup.The problem is can the coach make the right selections for Ghana?so yes the coach should be fired if he fail to delilver
  • access says:
    November 29, 2011 03:38 pm
    Greetings to you all is great to be back.
  • quophai says:
    November 29, 2011 05:26 pm
    Pls, someone tell Kwesi Nyantekyi not to play the mind game. He should call inform players and we will support with our prayers for a win. If he doesn't and decides to do business, we will rise and have his "this thing" for ngworgwor.
  • bawah says:
    November 29, 2011 05:43 pm
  • Kojo Moscow says:
    November 29, 2011 06:48 pm
    Vote for Andre Ayew as Africa's best:
  • Gangstalicious says:
    November 29, 2011 10:34 pm
    Hey ass hole I have been looking for you all these while,not knowing you are hiding here.Why have you ran away from Ghanaweb?Any way Andre will not win African best.
  • Gangstalicious says:
    November 29, 2011 10:43 pm
    Kojo mostcow the ass licker long time no hear from you.I have some shit for you, so meet me at Ghanaweb.Anyway Andre will not win African best.