Milovan Rajevac

Milovan Rajevac is leading the race to replace CK Akonnor as Black Stars coach, Joy Sports has gathered. The 67-year-old was contacted by the Ghana FA three-man committee led by Vice President, Mark Addo, on Monday night following their decision to part company with Akonnor.

The committee also contacted former Zambia, Ivory Coast, and Morocco coach, Hervé Renard, Aston Villa U-23 coach George Boateng, and Borussia Dortmund assistant Otto Addo for the vacant post. George Boateng, whose work is believed to be loved by the GFA President, Kurt Okraku, was offered the position of assistant. He turned down the offer, insisting the top job is what he wants.

Sources say Boateng has, however, agreed to play the role of a scout for the team instead when they go for the next African Cup in January.

Otto Addo, who featured for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, contacted CK Akonnor for insight about the job. It is understood the conversation did not imbue confidence about his job security and so, he also declined.

For Renard, who is the number one choice of the FA per our sources, his reported current monthly salary of $100,000 is a major issue.

GFA investigations, however, revealed that he is on $70,000 per month in his current job as Saudi Arabia’s national team coach. This figure is still on the high side, but the FA appeared willing to pay if the money would be available from the government.

Mathematically, the FA realized that they would need $2.4 million across a two-year contract duration on the table for all coaches contacted, a figure they can not guarantee is available.

As a result, the football governing body is settling on Milovan who led Ghana to the final of the 2010 AFCON in Egypt, and the quarter of the World Cup in South Africa the same year.

Milo, as the Serbian is affectionately known, commanded respect from officials and players alike, and the leadership is convinced a second coming is necessary.

Their choice will be debated Executive Committee before an announcement is made.

He is expected to sign a two-year deal with a salary of about $45,000 per month.

Source: Muftawu Nabila Abdulai

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