Read Milovan's first interview

15 years ago

The Black Stars coach was in optimistic mood when he spoke to just hours ahead of his unveiling as the new coach of Ghana.

Milovan Rajevac’s first stint as a national coach begins with Ghana. It promises to be a very special occasion for Ghana’s new boss as he hopes to see Ghana go much better than his compatriot, Ratomir Dujkovic, who qualified and guided the Black Stars to a round of 16 place at their debut World Cup finals in Germany two years ago.

The 54-year-old has now been tasked with securing for Ghana a second successive World Cup appearance.

Speaking exclusively to's Nana Obiri Yeboah and Michael Boateng, Rajevac reflected on the challenges ahead, his motivation and targets.

Q: Congratulations for getting the Ghana job.

A: Thank you very much.

Q: How did you receive the news of your appointment?

A: I felt very good and proud to be the coach of Ghana. Ghana is a top team in Africa and their position on the FIFA rankings clearly tells that Ghana is a top football nation. I’m very, very happy and proud to associate myself with the national team of Ghana.

Q: How difficult was it for you to leave Borac after leading them from bottom of the league to the UEFA Cup competition?

A: It was an emotional day for me last Thursday when I bid the club farewell during the UEFA Cup match. The fans loved and didn’t want to me to go. Officially it was my last game but I was not on the bench. I observed it from the stands and after the match, it was very emotional.

Q: What motivated you to accept the Ghana offer?

A: I could have gone to other African countries. Also I had a very good offer in my former club. But I chose Ghana because the condition here. I have been impressed with what I saw Ghana achieve during the 2006 World Cup. Ghana has a talented pool of players who have the desire to win and I am also motivated to win something. And there’s another World Cup qualification going on which I want to be part of as a coach of Ghana in South Africa.

Q: Were you inspired by the achievements of you compatriot, Ratomir Dujkovic?

A: Yes. He did very well when he was here and that inspired me. He achieved a historical here band that was one of the reasons I am here. I want to emulate him.

Q: Have you spoken to him since your appointment?

Yes, I have. I spoke to him briefly on telephone. It was not a lengthy conversation. Doya is a friend; I played with him at Red Star in Belgrade.

Q: And what did Dujkovic tell you about the challenge in Ghana?

A: He said Ghanaians are very passionate about football and the Ghanaian footballer is very talented. I have confirmed that myself by watching Ghanaian players on DVDs.

Q: How are bracing yourself up for a national team appointment with the Ghana job being your first?

A: I have played for the national team before so I know how it is to work with national team players. Also, I have a wealth of experience from coaching clubs. I have been coaching consistently over the years so I carry into this new job a wealth of experience. To be honest, the job of a national team coach is less difficult than a club coach. From my own personal experience and from the experience of other coaches, a national team job is much more difficult compared to club work. In my former team, I brought my influence and discipline in the team and I will do same with the national team. To work with a talented team like Ghana is motivating because I believe we can go places.