John Paintsil clarifies ‘misplaced’ Milovan Rajevac’s appointment comment

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Former Ghana international John Paintsil has clarified the comment he made prior to the appointment of Milovan Rajevac as Black Stars coach, stating his comment was misplaced.

Paintsil said the timing was wrong for Ghana to appoint the 67-year-old as CK Akonnor’s successor.

Rajevac has led Ghana to the final play-offs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after beating South Africa 1-0 at the Cape Coast stadium on matchday six.

“What I said wasn’t that he could not make it; I was saying he got the appointment at a late hour and at the wrong time when the team was struggling,” Paintsil told GOAL.

“Milo is disciplined and can make decisions and when he makes decisions, no one can stop it. Looking at the materials available, we saw the players that went to South Africa with CK Akonnor.

“So for me, I was thinking we don’t have [good] materials now because before a coach takes a job, he might have sent his CV and started scouting his players.

“In these matches, he won, we could see new faces, different players, even the goalkeeper was new. So when I said it was a wrong call, I was right to say that based on what I saw.”

Ghana, who missed out on the 2018 edition in Russia are now two games away from returning to the tournament for the first time since 2014 and for the fourth time overall.

“He [Rajevac] has coached me before. The way he’s going, he will make it,” the former West Ham defender added.

“In the matches, I saw his handwriting, that the players were able to do as he wanted because when we were playing under him, we were doing the same.

“He’s a coach whose team cannot concede more than two goals; it will be difficult.”

Paintsil was a key member of coach Milovan Rajevac’s Black Stars squad in 2010 that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

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