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Sports News of Tuesday, 12 August 2008


Milovan Rajevac is new Black Stars coach

Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac is the new coach of the Ghana national team, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) source has told Ghanasoccernet.

The 52-year-old will resign as the coach of Uefa Cup campaigners FK Cacak Borak on Thursday after coaching the club in their game against Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia.

Rajevac will arrive in the country next week to sign a two-year contract which ends in August 2010.

"We have found the right man for the job and we will sign the contract with him when he arrives by the end of the week," GFA vice president Fred Pappoe said.

The Serbian, who was chosen ahead of Austrian favourite Josef Hikersberger, will earn US$45 000 per month.

His first game in charge of the squad will be on August 20 when the Black Stars take on Tanzania in a friendly in Arusha.

Hickersberger was ruled out because the GFA could not meet his financial demands of US$60,000 a month.

Rajevac recently took charge of Serbian side FK Borak outfit to gain qualification to the 2008/2009 UEFA Cup, the club's greatest achievement.

He led the Meridian Superliga from the league's also-rans to a fourth place finish that earned them a place in the Uefa Cup competition.

Rajevac spent five years of his playing career in two different spells at the club in the 70s and 80s before playing for Red Stars Belgrade.

He also had a two-year playing career in Sweden.

Much of his coaching career has been spent in his native Serbia, where he was assistant at Red Star Belgrade.

He then took FC Vojvodina who had struggled the previous season to third place earning them a Uefa Cup place in the process last year before making the switch to Borak.

Several coaches have quit the Black Stars coaching post claiming pressure from the local media.

But ace sports writer Kwabena Yeboah says the media must back the Serbian if the country is to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

"We are at a very critical stage of our preparations and qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup and we must lend our support to Rajevac," Yeboah told Ghanasoccernet.

"We should not let our differences in opinion as to who is the next coach take our eyes off the ball of qualifying for the World Cup."

The 2006 World Cup finalists have been without a substantive coach since Le Roy quit the post in May.

Ghana appointed local coach Sellas Tetteh on caretaker basis for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in June.