Kwasi Appiah Drops Milovan Rajevac From Backroom Staff Role
Ghana coach James Kwasi Appiah has abandoned a decision to bring back his former boss Milovan Rajevac for a special role in Ghana’s technical team during the World Cup in Brazil, Ghanasportsonline.com can reveal.
Appiah is rumoured to have contacted his ex-boss Milovan Rajevac to play an advisory role for the Black Stars team at the tournament after the Serbian was spotted at the Black Stars training grounds and hotel during the FIFA friendly against Montenegro on March 5th.
The decision created mixed reactions among Ghanaians with many believing that the Serbs comeback brings back in what was earlier speculated, and in a disguised role of a “technical director”.
But credible information gathered by Ghanasportsonline.com has revealed that Kwasi Appiah, 53 told the Ghana Football Association in a meeting last week that he doesn’t need the Serbian again in his plans for the World Cup.
A source close to the coach told Ghanasportsonline “Even though the two met in Montenegro, the coach did not confirm giving him any role in his technical team for the world cup preparations”.
“I can confidently say that even if he (Kwasi Appiah) was mooting such an idea, he has decided to back down on Milovan”, He met with the GFA to present a list of the technical help he might require during the world cup and he decided to drop Milovan”.
“Again Kwasi Appiah has seen the kind of support from the local coaches and been appreciative of that so it would not be appropriate to stab them in the back by appointing Milo for a role”, The backroom staff will be made up of entirely Ghanaian coaches”.
Sources indicate that the Black Stars coach has decided to cut down the number of his backroom staff which will be composed basically by local technical staff.
Renowned South frican journalist Mark Gleeson described the move by the Ghana coach to include Rajevac as a member of his backroom staff for the World Cup as ‘backward’ which has dire consequences for homegrown coaches in Africa.
The 60 year ol Serbian trainer who jilted Ghana after an impressive world cup outing with Ghana in 2010 is unpopular among many soccer fans. His critics insist that the way the 60-year-old left the Ghana job in 2010 for a more lucrative job in Saudi Arabia and say he cannot be trusted.
Kwasi Appiah has reiterated his desire to beef up Ghana’s technical team ahead of the World Cup in Brazil with the members expected to serve special roles and technical information about Ghana’s opponents.
Ghanasportsonline.com has gathered that the ex Black Maidens coach has received an official invitation from coack Kwasi Appiah and has subsequently confirmed his availability for the role in the World Cup team.
Other members expected to join the backroom staff include ex Dortmund and Stars midfielder Otto Addo, ex Stars skipper and Juventus icon Stephen Appiah, veteran coach Sam Addy.