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Renowned social commentator Kwesi Pratt slams move to return Milovan Rajevac to Black Stars fold

Published on: 10 March 2014
Milovan Rajevac could be returning to the Black Stars fold

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Renowned social and political commentator Kwesi Pratt Jnr has slammed the Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi for supporting the idea to have ex coach Milovan Rajevac join the Black Stars’ technical team for the 2014 World Cup.

The Serbian trainer has been asked by coach Kwesi Appiah to join his backroom staff for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

The initiative taken by coach Appiah has already received massive support from the GFA boss who remains a fan of Milovan Rajevac due to his impressive work during his two year reign in charge of the Black Stars.

But Kwesi Pratt who is the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper has kicked against the move – arguing it is a defeatist stance of the abilities of the local coach.

“We all advocated for a local coach to lead the Black Stars because we were fed-up with the foreign ones, and then you come again and tell us this?” Pratt said on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show.

“What is wrong with the GFA; how can they think of bringing back this coach.

“What did he do with the Black Stars when he was leading them?

“Sometimes I just don’t understand some of these officials. It is so annoying.

“Meanwhile, if he returns, his pay is even likely to exceed that of Kwesi Appiah.”

Ghana wants to make a stronger impact at the 2014 World Cup than their previous appearances.

The Black Stars almost made it to the semi finals of the last World Cup in South Africa with the Serbian trainer in charge.


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  • Kwabena says:
    March 10, 2014 02:47 pm
    Oyiwa! Sellas Tetteh after winning the U-20s world cup gave the glory to TB Joshua. In fact the prophet did the selection of the players for him during the penalty kicks. The same way AA is trying to do if he is the one calling for Rajavac if not being imposed on him. For over two years you have not been able to solve the problem of the lateral defense. This is a matter of listening to advice and implementing it but not an issue for Rajavac after all you are doing better than him so why trying to send your glory to a man you are already doing better than? Your lateral defense of Nkoom, Opare and Harrison Afful sucks at the moment. We have number of suggestions all over yet you cannot see between the lines and still continues to use these same guys despite their abysmal performances at these positions. I think it is about time AA tries Akaminko, Sumaila, Ainooson, Nuru Sulley, Kwabena Adusei or Wakaso as someone has suggested because of his strength , on the lateral defense before we even meet the Netherlands. In fact a 4-3-3 on attack made up of two good lateral defenses since the central defense role appears to be solved with four or more possible combinations such as Boye-Vorsah, Boye-Akaminko, Boye-Jonathan and Akaminko-Somaila. May be we need to try Jonathan Mensah-Akaminko as well as using some of the above central defense from CHAN at our lateral defense to see if that long lasting problem of the lateral defense can be solved. I must say very soon some of us are going to soon start using very harsh words on AA concerning this problem because he does not seem to be a listening coach. .Dede Ayew .A. Gyan . Majeed Wari .Kwadwo Asamoah .Rabiu Mohamed .K.P Boateng _____? Jerry Akaminko John Boye ________? Kwaresey 4-3-3 with Rabiu Playing the Role of a holding Midfield and switching of positions between Waris, KPB and Gyan upfront with further changing of this formation to 4-5-1 anytime the BS would have to defend. In fact a combination of Gyan, Waris and Dede Ayew can put pressure in any defense to make mistakes in the world because this is a blend of young, experience, energetic players. Also midfield of Rabiu, Kwadwo Asamoah, KPB, Dede and Waris when defending can neutralize any midfield with right execution from these players. Well Essien and Muntari can always start from the bench when the tempo of the game goes down or Essien can be used to solve the right full back position. Those I expect to up their game are Mubarak Wakaso and Christian Atsu. Atsu these days is becoming wasteful whilst Wakaso continues to warm the bench and this is affecting his play. Also one player AA should never make a mistake in sending to Brazil is Jordan Ayew due to his temperament. I think he should be allowed to grow. He has been doing this in France and is gradually bringing it into the BS and the earlier he is stopped the better. As for Akaminko the little said about this guy the better. You were dropped from the BS due to one mistake you made in one match yet, you do not seem to have learned from that. Although the Montenegro player tried to push his fingers into the hole between your neck and your shoulder, there was no need to punch him the way you did. It is because of our indiscipline attitude that is why we are not able to make it to the top level.
  • DOGO says:
    March 10, 2014 09:42 pm
    A.A please don't make that mistake of bringing that old carpenter into the black stars. You have to believe In yourself. You have done so well than that old Carpenter. what makes you think you can't do it at the world stage? Come on man, you are a Ghanaian and Ghanaians are brave people. We take risk and work hard to achieve greater heights so please just be confident and prove to the rest of the world that the black man is really capable of competing with the rest of the world. Please make us proud. Just use your assistant more and all shall be well. If in doubt you and your assistant should put your heads together and make the decision together as if your lives depend on it. Both of you should be on the touchline so that Ghanaians will see that you both are working together. I agree with Pratt on this one.
  • Pasi says:
    March 10, 2014 06:39 pm
    Can't you Ghanaians get over this silly debate about this so called technical advisor!! Former England coach took 2million from ivory coast for about two months work in south Africa 2010. This man was supposed to know it all.what happened?? Leave our Appiah alone.!!
  • milky says:
    March 10, 2014 05:38 pm
    Again, I agree with you. Most Ghanaians and Africans always look at these things through the prisim of race. I also don't care who the coach is, as long as he is winning games and cups. But I'm glad someone else sees Konadu as an alternative to Milo. I vote for Konadu Oh well, lets see what happens
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 10, 2014 05:11 pm
    thank you. i believe konadu is underutilized too. he seems more tactically adept that AA. the issue here is that we all believe AA needs an technical advisor. now who it is and what his skin color is, is a matter for another time. most make decisions based on such qualities. i for one wants the best man for the job, irrelevant of their color.
  • milky says:
    March 10, 2014 04:21 pm
    Good response! you are right in everything you have said. But I still think we shouldn't bring Milo back. I think everyone is over looking one person - Konadu. I liked the way he coached at the recent tournament in South Africa. He was tactically disciplined and was able to read the game and makes changes that made big impact in most of the games he played. Personally, I dont think AA uses Konadu as much as he should. I think Konadu should be used more.
  • selfmade says:
    March 10, 2014 03:34 pm
  • selfmade says:
    March 10, 2014 03:35 pm
    Some Ghanaians are dullards!! What happened to the legendary Ghanaian common sense??!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 10, 2014 03:37 pm
    This milo is taking Ghanaians for fools and only stupid Ghanaians ll vouched for milo return!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 10, 2014 03:38 pm
    If we hired this Serbian prick again to enjoyed millions of cedis, then we have really CONFIRM THAT WE ARE INDEED NATION OF JOKERS!!
  • KG says:
    March 10, 2014 03:32 pm
    did the Black Star make it to the SEMI FINALS in 2010 as you want to make us believe in your story?
  • banger says:
    March 10, 2014 03:21 pm
    I agree with Pratt. If he wants an assist he should go for someone in the continent.why is it that we africans always settle for u really think the white man in his country will seek help from an African.we really hav to stick to our wonder this europeans do not respect us.beside where did he take us when he was the coach.he jumped ship when we needed him,
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 10, 2014 03:19 pm
    In your close-minded analysis, you have conveniently ignored the fact that the job was handed to the kid prematurely and now he's finding out that he's way over his head. the kid as it turns out wasn't paying attention in school. he did the basics and walked along with his classmates to get by, rather than actually learning the material. in return, the parent handed over the company from fears of what people will say, knowing well that the kid was not ready. after all, which "NORMAL" parent will hire an outsider to run their company while your own children are there. the question you should be asking is why the kid has asked the professor for help? that should clarify much for you..
  • [email protected] says:
    March 10, 2014 03:13 pm
    Wetin dey worry Kwesi Pratt we dey talk football and how BS will progress u and he is sayn what? Abeg the coach himself knws he can't do it alone...tweaaa
  • Benito says:
    March 10, 2014 03:03 pm
    Kwesi Pratt stay away from the black star and focus on your politics,stay away!!!what is wrong with asking Milo as technical advice??
  • kkknj says:
    March 10, 2014 02:56 pm
    Yes I dont understand too. It like this, A parents own a company so they send their kid to school to study to take over the company. Now after schooling the kid started working in the company and everything seemed to going well. Now its time the kid had to take his final Exam so as to be awarded certificate. Here comes the kid to the parents, Father/mom I suppose to take my final Exam but can you talk to my professor to be on the phone with me while i take the test or you tell him to come with me to the Exam room otherwise....... what a shame.