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Ghana coach stalls on Contract extension

[Posted 08 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Milo is yet to sign a new 4-year deal and faces an uncertain future as Ghana coach

The Black Stars of Ghana's coach Milovan Rajevac has reportedly stalled on accepting a contract extension offer from the Ghanaian Football Association.

Rajevac was offered a new four year deal by the GFA for more than a month now, but he has not yet officially accepted the offer, despite having expressed interest to continue his Ghanian football revolution.

The 56-year old Serbian-born coach took a relatively young Black Stars team to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in January this year where he guided the team to the cup final match, which they eventually lost to Champions Egypt by a solitary goal.

Ghana, gave a fairytale performance at the World Cup in South Africa, and narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth through painful circumstances against Uruguay.

The GFA is growing weary of waiting for Rajevac and the board has issued a warning that if the Serbian does not make up his mind within a week, they may be forced to consider other candidates for the Black Stars coaching role.

 "In the event he can't resolve those issues, we have to look elsewhere," Kwesi Nyantakyi, the GFA Chairman recently told BBC Sport.

"We pray and look forward to a resolution of whatever difficulties he is facing back home.

"We have a time limit of seven days from Sunday and on the expiry of that, if the news is not good, it means we have to begin a new search," Nyantakyi added.

Rajevac is apparently having disagreements with his personal manager back home  in Serbia. It is not clear what kind of agreements the coach is facing which are preventing him from signing the deal placed by the GFA on the table.

Speculations are that Rajevac has received offers from other national teams and clubs such as the oil-rich Saudi-Arabian club Al Ahli, which has dangled a carrot in his face.

Rajevac's handlers are keen on maximising on the financial benefits of the other offers that the coach has received, while Rajevac is satisfied with his success with the Black Stars thus far, which he intends to continue building on until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Rajevac is well aware that if he accepts an offer from a lowly club in the world like a Saudi Arabian club, then he will slip into oblivion and his exploits will be barely noticeable on the world stage. It will therefore limit his prospects of advancement in his coaching career.

The Black Stars have become a household name in Africa and indeed in the entire world on the back of their performances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that Rajevac will accept the new 4-year deal on offer and stay on to continue the revolution he started. The Black Stars boss is credited for giving  younger Ghanaian players a chance to shine.

About six members of the Ghanaian Under 20 World Cup championship winning team were promoted by Rajevac into the Black Stars team.

In an AFCON qualifier away in Swaziland last weekend, Milo continued with his youth revolution by giving a new cap to 18-year old Jordan, the youngest  of Abedi Pele Ayew's three sons who are now members of the Black Stars team. The other Ayews in the team are Andre "Dede" of Marseille and Ibrahim who plays for Zamalek in Egypt.

Rajevac is clearly a coach who knows how to build for the future, while getting results needed today. It will be a great loss to African football to lose a coach of his calibre should he fail to resolve his disagreements with his manager in a manner that will benefit Ghana.


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