Black Stars Head coach Milovan Rajevac sacked

Source The Ghana Report

Black Stars coach, Milovan Rajevac, has been sacked following an abysmal performance by the team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

This report comes barely 12 hours after the Sports Ministry ordered a massive overhaul of the team’s backroom staff.

After a stakeholders meeting held between the ministry and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday, the country’s football governing body was directed to review the coach’s position because the people of Ghana “have lost confidence in the technical team’s ability to deliver success”.

An official announcement is expected to come from the GFA on the exit of the Serbian coach.

The 67-year-old former coach of Thailand returned for his second stint with the Black Stars in September 2021 after then-coach Charles Akonnor was sacked after uninspiring results from the World Cup qualifiers.

The four-time AFCON champions were hoping for a fifth glory heading into the tournament with the Serbian but managed to pick just a point from three group stage matches.

The Black Stars lost their opening match against Morocco and followed up with a draw with Gabon.

Then the all-important game against debutant Comoros which they needed to win to advance to the next stage of the competition, ended in a 3-2 defeat, ending the AFCON campaign for Ghana.

The team finished bottom of Group C to register an unwanted record of failing to qualify from the group stage for the first time since 2006.

After the country recorded one of its worst performances in a tournament, the GFA and the technical team came under intense pressure from the fans for the team to be dissolved and the coach sacked.

Meanwhile, the GFA is set to announce an interim coach to take over from Milovan Rajevac ahead of the 2022 World Cup play-offs in March while it searches for a permanent replacement.

The GFA will consider appointing a top-notch coach with knowledge about the team, a recent association with the team, and, most importantly, command the players’ respect.

The Black Stars will find out their opponent in the World Cup play-offs when the draw is held on Saturday, 22 January 2022, in Cameroon.

Ghana is in pot II of the draw.

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