GFA boss Kurt Okraku happy at unity in Black Stars camp since arrival of Milovan Rajevac

Published on: 14 October 2021

Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kurt Okraku says there is a unity of purpose in the Black Stars camp since the arrival of Milovan Rajevac.

The 67-year-old was re-appointed last month on a one-year deal following the sacking of CK Akonnor by the GFA.

Coach Rajeva has won his first two games in charge of the team by beating Zimbabwe 3-1 at the Cape Coast stadium before sealing a 1-0 win in Harare in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

"Naturally, we have a very disciplined team. I am told by people who have been involved in the Black Stars that perhaps this is the most serene atmosphere they have ever experienced, plus mostly, coach Milovan comes with the history. He has been here before, the likes of Dede and Wakaso who have played with him know him very well. They know what he likes and doesn’t like," Kurt Okraku told TV3.

"Otto Addo comes in as a fresh face with new energy. So, that also serves as an inspiration to the players in the dressing room. The vibes coming out of the dressing room is so so positive. There is a unity of purpose. The players stand up for each other. They work together as a unit.

"In my pre-departure [for Harare] speech to the team, I said to them that it is important they play as a unit and we saw together in the last two games, they played as a unity. Even in [Tues]day’s game, in the game that we didn’t have our fluidity, in a game that we didn’t have our usual dominant self, they played as a bloc. That tells you clearly that there is hope for our tomorrow."

Ghana are second in Group G with nine points, one point behind leaders South Africa with two matches remaining.