Milovan bullish ahead of draw

15 years ago

There would be heightened tension within FIFA's Zurich headquarters tomorrow as the continent readies to hear the placements of the five groups of four teams that will constitute the final round of African Zone qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and CAF Nations Cup.

As the anxiety feels the continent ahead of the drawing of lots starting at 10:00 GMT, Ghana, attempting a second successive appearance at the World Cup remains calm with coach of the Black Stars, Milovan Rajevac expecting a competitive qualifying campaign beginning in March 2009.

Ghana have been seeded for the draw of the next stage of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers after easing to the top on the final day of the first qualifying phase on goal difference.

The Black Stars will not meet Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Cameroon, who will all go into pot A of the draw together with Ghana.

Ahead of Wednesday’s draw, Milovan Rajevac says his Black Stars would be ready for any group member.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, the Black Stars coach is confident although wary of other teams.

“We don’t fear any team and we won’t underestimate any team,” Milovan Rajevac said to

“There are a lot of teams that for some people look not very good. But such teams have a lot of their players playing in Europe. Benin for instance has a lot of players playing in the French First Division. Such teams deserve respect.

“But we are ready for any team.”