‘Appiah Is Better Than Rajevac,Dujkovic’

RjvcGhana FA Executive Committee Member Randy Abbey insists Akwasi Appiah is better than Milovan Rajevac and Ratomir Dujkovic who chalked massive success with the Black Stars during their reign.

Appiah will be leading Ghana to its third successive World Cup finals haven presided over a flambouyant qualification series.

Some soccer fans however harbour some doubt over whether the ex Black Stars skipper is the best man to take the team to next year’s finals in Brazil – with sceptics quick to point out to the massive achievements of Ratomir Duijkovic and Milovan Rajevac.

Duijkovic led Ghana to its first World Cup qualification – where the Black Stars emerged as the only African side to make it out of the group stage in Germany 2006.

‘Doya’s’ Serbian compatriot Milovan Rajevac then took the team to even greater heights four years later to a quarter final finish in South Africa.

Many are now casting doubts over Akwasi Appiah’s ability to equal or even surpass the feat of these expatriate coaches with Ghana drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

Abbey who worked closely with Appiah at the U23 level to deliver gold for Ghana at the 2011 All Africa Games is bemused by the subtle rising pessimism over Appiah’s ability at the biggest stage despite presiding over a flambouyant qualification campaign.

“We know how we are able to help coaches to succeed and we’ve being doing same for Akwasi Appiah,” Abbey said on GTV’s Stage Africa show.

“And I can sit here and say that at least over the last 10 years, of all the coaches that we’ve brought in to handle the Black Stars, none of them have performed better than Akwasi Appiah.

“We can get into the statistics, we can look at the issues. But there is still that level of doubt.

“I don’t know whether it is a function of colonialism or ne-colonialism or inferiority complex, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.”

*US goalkeeper Tim Howard is preaching vengeance ahead of their opening 2014 World Cup finals match against Ghana.

The Everton first choice goalkeeper was between the sticks when Ghana eliminated the Stripes and Stars at the last World Cup.

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan struck in the first half of extra-time to send the Black Stars through to the quarter-finals.

Howards says their painful elimination is still fresh on their minds and that should motivate them to beat the four-time African champions in Natal on 16 June.

“I think the memory will still be very fresh of the loss in the Round of 16 in 2010. I think that will help us more than it will help them.

“We’re a much stronger team than we were, and they’ll know that going into the game. We’ll look to set that result right.”

US have played Ghana twice in a row in the World Cup finals and have lost all by a 2-1 scoreline.



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