Milovan names exclusive group of five

15 years ago

Milovan Rajevac has named his five favoured players who would form the spine of the Black Stars when fit as he begins his tenure as Ghana coach.

The new coach was officially introduced on Monday by the Ghana Football Association.

Rajevac says he will stay in the country for up to three months, getting to know the local contenders for a place in the Ghana squad while following the performances of the international players.

The Serbian in an exclusive interview with listed Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and John Paintsil as the spine of Black Stars team.

Despite naming the five as the core around which his team would function, Milovan Rajevac says it is fresh start for every player.

“We will begin by assessing every player. We will assess the local players and the foreign-based players,” Rajevac said.

“Absolutely! Everybody registered as a Ghanaian player has got a chance. I will monitor players from the Ghanaian league and the foreign-based players in their respective leagues.”

Milovan Rajevac does not intend pushing through wholesale changes with his first competitive game coming next month in the joint qualifiers for the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup competitions against Libya in Tripoli on September 5.

“I don’t intend to build a new team or make a big change but it is a fresh beginning for all. There will be equal opportunities for all.”

“But I will build my team around Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Micheal Essien, Sulley Muntari and John Paintsil. They are the spine of the team,” Milovan Rajevac told