The President of the Ghana Football Association, (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi, has charged the nation to support new Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic to succeed and ensure that the Serb is in charge of affairs.
“It is important to support Stevanovic to succeed because whether you wanted him or someone else to lead the Black Stars, he is the one in charge and we must all support him.”
Nyantakyi cited the Black Stars brand as a good one which will need every support to soar; emphasizing that without the needed support, the one in charge will not be able to drive the dream of success. The President who said these at the introduction of the Serb as the new Black Stars coach in Accra on Wednesday, explained that the GFA has signed a two-year renewable contract with the former Partizan Belgrade trainer which will be at the instance of the Federation.
Nyantakyi outlined the qualification and winning of the 2012 and 2013 African Cup of Nations competitions in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and Libya as some of the indicators that will be used as the measuring rod during the two-year period. “We have agreed an initial two years contract with an option of another two year renewal at the instance of the GFA. We expect him to qualify us to the 2012 and 2013 Nations Cup and to win them. If some or all the targets are not achieved, there will be an appraisal which will take into consideration circumstances that might have come to play.”
Stevanovic who becomes the third Serbian to manage the Black Stars in six years coached Partizan Belgrade to the Serbian League title last season. The 44-year old trainer was one of five coaches short-listed to replace Milovan Rajevac which included former France World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, Aduana Stars coach, Herbert Addo and former Portugal manager Humberto Coelho.
Stevanovic, a Yugoslav international spent most of his playing career at Partizan Belgrade before spells at Clubs in Spain, Portugal and Greece.