Ghana coach snubs Serbia's last-minute attempt

Published on: 13 August 2010

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac gave a final warning to the Serbia Football Federation (RSS) on Friday that he is NOT interested in leading the European country after a last-minute desperate attempt to lure him.

The manager revealed on Friday that he will sign a four-year deal to coach the Black Stars but that didn’t deter the RSS to attempt a last throw of the dice while the coach was on transit in Amsterdam from South Africa.

Rajevac told RSS bosses in telephone conversation that he is only interested in leading the Black Stars at least to the semi finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a source within the Serbian federation told Ghanasoccernet exclusively.

The RSS contacted the master tactician on Friday morning to offer him an improved bumper deal before they announce the sacking of current coach Ratomir Antic in the afternoon in Belgrade.

“Officials of the RSS called Rajevac to offer him the Serbian job once again but to the disappointment of the officials he rejected them outright,” the source who pleaded anonymity told Ghanasoccernet.com.

“They gave him a salary more than what Ghana has given him but he says he wants to lead Ghana the World Cup in Brazil to the semi final.

“The deal is meant to make him change his mind about Ghana but he told them in no uncertain terms that he is a Ghana loyalist.”

Rajevac has snubbed several offers to coach his home country within the past four weeks, insisting he was only keen on coaching Ghana after leading the West Africans to the quarter final of the World Cup for the first time.

The RSS offered the astute manager a bumper offer to coach his home country after last month’s World Cup in South Africa but the Serbian who has transformed the Black Stars was resolute.

The latest attempt lends credence to the news report in the Belgrade daily newspaper 'Belic' on Friday that the FSS has decided to sack Antic at a press conference later  in the day.

Antic led Serbia to the 2010 World Cup, for which it qualified top of its group. At the tournament itself however, Serbia played miserably and ended last in its group, behind Germany, Ghana and Australia.

The coach aggravated his own situation by verbally abusing the referee following Serbia's World Cup defeat to Australia, which earned him a four-match ban from the world football organisation Fifa.

Players and fans backed Antic even in the latest blow, a one-nil loss to Greece in a friendly in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Immediately after Serbia's World Cup crash out, local media began speculating on Antic's possible successor.

The Ghana coach, Serb Milovan Rajevac and Germans Lothar Matthaeus and Otto Rehagel were mentioned as possible replacements.

Serbia opens its qualifying campaign for the 2012 Euro at Faroe Islands on September 3.

Comments

  • sabacious
    says: 9 years ago
    hahahaha there goes the sakawa propaganda just to facilitate his 4 yrs contract,anyway i am one of those who prefer milo to be maintain as coach just for the sake of continuality,though i dont fancy him.to set the record straight,i may like soccernet to reveal the identity of their source.milo doesn't come near antic when it comes to tactics,cv's and the knowledge of the game,asuch i find it strange to believe this.i'll only tanx the advisers of milo for giving him the right advice,cos he will not suceed in any national team or a club like he has with the stars.unless he work on his substitutions,selections and varies his tactics and game plan,i'll never consider milo as a tactical coach but rather lucky and the will of our players to make name for themselves have seen him tru all while.
  • Evans Obeng Asiedu
    says: 9 years ago
    it's good that Milo has taken that bold decision. i really want him to continue with the black stars job.go milo, go black stars.
  • sunshine
    says: 9 years ago
    MILO MUST GO NOW.
  • sam va
    says: 9 years ago
    I partially agree with u sabacious on his substitutions,but when it comes to making the best selection he always gets it right,sidelining the big names like appiah and muntari and proving that football is not played by names.if u have the best tactician and the players are not commited and ready to die then forget it.so luck doesn't come in here at all.its time we appreciated hard work cos coaching a country like ghana where everybody is a coach by himself is not an easy thing to do.
  • maka
    says: 9 years ago
    Y'all, see what happened to Doya? These guys come here and succeed because we have talent----pure talent that can win the world cup, but they never get their selections right! If they do, they shall be legend! Doya left and has failed miserably since then, if Milo left, his career would be finished..so he should be content and not try to let us raise his salary---and he must better invite top class players not Afful Harrison, etc. In 2014, we don't need Afful Harrison coach, we need Lenny Sowah, David Addy, Welbeck, Jeff Sarpong, Jordan Ayew, Kwarasey and others...wise up Milo! Wise up! You suck!
  • yaw2
    says: 9 years ago
    This is a stunt.Milo and his agent are using the media to munipulate GFA and dictate the renewal of his contract.They just want money for the serbian trainer.When will african gonna learn that foreign coaches are not solution to their problems.
  • Ace
    says: 9 years ago
    GHANA SIMPLY DOES NO LONGER NEED THAT SO-CALLED ''TACTICIAN'' HE'S SOO FAKE AND LAME
  • ben
    says: 9 years ago
    i luv milo,not to his commitment alone to the stars
  • aa
    says: 9 years ago
    Long live Ghana, Long live black stars and long live Coach Milo
  • oti
    says: 9 years ago
    is Milo better then Afrani?
  • aa
    says: 9 years ago
    Milo is much much better than Afrani. They are incomparable
  • kwabenapusha
    says: 9 years ago
    We should know that we have good team with good players so we need good not Milo.Can someone tell me the number of matches he has play? and number of goals He has score so far?
  • kwabenapusha
    says: 9 years ago
    Please management we have good team with good players We need good coach not Milo. the money is there use it best better coach to coach this good team and stop signing Milo four years.
  • kwabenapusha
    says: 9 years ago
    better for you to accept serbia deal and forget about Ghana. we need good coach not you.
  • neshko
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghana can keep MILO he is shit. Its just that serbia had a very bad run at the worldcup. If Ghana played serbia 10 times out of ten Ghana would win once. the other nice games serbia would win. so str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck')) milo off he is gay!
  • EDD
    says: 9 years ago
    if i were milo i'll jump at this opportunity n leave this God-forsaken ghanaians who don't appreciate anything n who don't realize that its because of this attitude that their country is not developing.i'll watch them take their so-called 'local coach'n see if they'll even qualify for the 2014 world cup.