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Rajevac came to congratulate us – Kwesi Appiah

Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah has confirmed that former Ghana boss Milovan Rajevac visited the team in the dressing room after Ghana’s 1-2 loss to Egypt.

Despite that result, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 7-3 aggregate victory and Appiah told Cape Coast-based Atlantic FM that Rajevac commended the team for its efforts.

“Milovan Rajevac came to the dressing room after the match. I didn’t know that he had come for the match, but he came to us and greeted myself and the players, congratulating us for qualifying for the World Cup.”
Appiah also told Atlantic FM that even though the plan was for Ghana to soak up the pressure and hit Egypt on the break, the Black Stars had to open up in attack t push the Pharoahs back, noting that some of his players had a bad day.
“Egypt is a very good team and our intention was to soak the pressure and play on the counter attack in the first half. We conceded a goal, so for the second half we decided to open up to hold the Pharoahs back. The challenge was that some of my players, especially in midfield had a bad day, but tactically we were set up well and that saw us through.”
The Black Stars head coach revealed that he would continue to monitor players after Ghana’s qualification, adding that his doors are still open to any player who impresses.
“Now the most important thing is to continue monitoring the players and my doors are not closed to any player. Any player that does well can make it into the team. I am going to watch the WAFU tournament and after that the CHAN tournament so that I can continue to monitor players playing for the Local Black Stars.”
Appiah also told Atlantic FM that Ghana’s qualification shows that if indigenous coaches are given support, they can do well for the nation, adding that this cuts across every other endeavor and not just football.
“This qualification shows that when local coaches are given the support, they can go very far, and it is not just about football. In every endeavor, if a Ghanaian is given all the support, he can do far better than someone from overseas.”

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