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The AFCON Diary: Ghana Sack Head Coach After Schoolboy Show in Cameroon

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The AFCON Diary: Ghana Sack Head Coach After Schoolboy Show in Cameroon

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The AFCON Diary: Ghana Sack Head Coach After Schoolboy Show in Cameroon

Ghana have sacked their national team head coach Milovan Rajevac following their awful campaign at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Cameroon.

The Black Stars were knocked debutants Comoros who beat them 3-2 in a thriller at the 30,000 capacity Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon on Tuesday evening.

The four-time AFCON champions exited the tournament without a single win for the first time ever, drawing 1-1 with Gabon on January 14 and losing the opener to Morocco 1-0 on January 10.

The abysmal performance of the Ghanaian national team that saw them exit AFCON at the group stage for the first time since 2006 attracted the wrath of the government which summoned the Ghanaian Football Association to a meeting on Friday to explain the performance of the Black Stars in Cameroon.

“The Ministry, therefore, made it clear to the Ghana Football Association that the people of Ghana have lost confidence in the capacity of the current technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success,” Ghana’s Minister of Sports Mustapha Ussif said in a statement.

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Despite the underwhelming performance at the 33rd edition of the tournament, Rajevac maintained that he will not heed the calls of relinquishing his position.

“I am not leaving. I want to stay and qualify Ghana to the World Cup,” said the 68-year-old after their loss to Comoros.

The Serbian has however been fired by the Ghanaian FA just a day after the federation’s meeting with the Ministry of Sports in which Ussif ordered an overhaul of the Black Stars backroom staff.

The tactician was first appointed Ghana national team head coach in August 2008, leading them to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, missing the semifinals by a whisker.

He quit the Black Stars after the World Cup in September 2010 and was reappointed in September 2021.

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