Serbian gaffer Milovan Rajevac replaces CK Akonnor on a two-year deal

Published on: 24 September 2021

Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac has signed a two-year deal with the Black Stars to begin his second stint with the national team.

The tenure of agreement is for a year, however, if he is able to qualify for the World Cup tournament in Qatar, the contract will be extended to 2023.

He comes in as replacement for sacked coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor following the latter’s uninspiring performance in the World Cup qualifiers.

The Ghana Football Association axed Akonnor last week following the team's poor start to the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The former Algerian coach will be assisted by Ghanaian duo of Otto Addo and Maxwell Konadu.

Rajevac will lead Ghana in the next World Cup qualification matches against Zimbabwe in a doubleheader next month.

Ghana are currently second in the standings after two rounds of the qualification matches of the global tournament.

The Serbian has been tasked to lead the Black Stars to a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Cameroon next January and also qualify the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Rajevac, in his first reign as Ghana's coach, was named African Coach of the Year in 2010 after impressive outings at the AFCON and World Cup respectively.

The 67-year-old made history by leading the Black Stars in 2010 to reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup in South Africa.

Few months earlier, he led Ghana through to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Angola in which they fell to Egypt.

Rajevac was a coach for Ghana between 2008 and 2010.

In the World Cup, Ghana came quite close to becoming first African nation to make it to the semi-finals, when they missed a penalty in the last minute of the quarter-final match against Uruguay.

Asamoah Gyan's strike hit the crossbar in what could have been the match-winner, forcing the game to an extra shoot-out in which the Black Stars ended as the losing side.

Rajevac, who quit his job as Ghana coach two months after the World Cup heroics, taking on a new job at Saudi club Al-Ahli is back for a second spell.