Sports News of Thursday, 24 June 2010

Source: GNA

Stars coach defends strategy

Johannesburg, June 24, GNA - Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac, has defended his tactics at the ongoing Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa, saying "it is the best". Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the coach said Ghana was not the only country using the 4-2-3-1 formation, arguing that countries like Brazil, Germany and others, were using the same system and it was working to perfection.

"It is the modern system in football, it works perfectly and used at the highest level of football such as the World Cup. "The 4-4-2 formation is becoming outmoded and not possible at the World Cup, you concede a lot of goals anytime you use this system, because it puts a lot of pressure on your defence.

He, however, noted that the 4-2-3-1 system was used with a lot variation, and the Black Stars had been applying it since the competition started.

"We do not necessarily put one striker on top to search for goals, but during attack, we have two, three or more players in the opponent's defence searching for goals and this is the variation.

"We have made a lot of practice on it at training and I believe it will work well in the next game against the United States of America (USA). "The players will just have to utilise the numerous scoring chances they create in each game and Ghana will move from one stage to the other in the competition", he noted.

Coach Rajevac stated that Ghana was in the competition for results, saying whatever it took to get the results was what the team was doing. "Every coach has got his own philosophy of the game, but the ultimate is to win and we will do everything possible to get the best results in each match of the competition", he stated.

Coach Rajevac has come under public criticisms over his tactics, which have been described as too defensive, hence the inability of the team to score as they reached the second round of the competition with two goals, both of which were got from the spot-kick.

From William Ezah, GNA Special Correspondent, Johannesburg, South Africa