African Nations Cup: Ghana Coach Milovan Rajevac Brushes Aside Michael Essien’s Outburst

Black Stars’ coach Rajevac thinks focusing on the team is much important than replying Michael Essien…
Coach Milovan Rajevac of the Black Stars says he is not ready to make an issue out of Michael Essien’s letter to the Ghana football authorities calling for the immediate inclusion of the expelled Sulley Muntari of Inter.

The Serbian notes that his prime focus now is to build a committed team towards Angola 2010 and he has no doubt the Chelsea midfielder will deliver as expected when the tournament kicks off in January.

“I don’t intend making a big issue out of it. We have a team called up and a job to do which we must all be committed to.

“Of course, they [Essien and Muntari] have a wonderful relationship. They have been playing for a long time and share between them good things. I would want to understand that it’s only natural for such a reaction from him [Essien],” Rajevac told the GFA's official website -

“The public display of disagreement will not also affect the relationship between Essien and his colleagues neither would it affect his football on the field.

“Michael [Essien] is great player and he has a huge impact in any team he plays for. He brings confidence to the team and his colleagues know they can always count on him.

“He is such a wonderful professional who shows 100% commitment anytime he gets onto the field. He has played in matches against Mali and Sudan without some players and still put in very good performances.

“No one can doubt Essien’s commitment to Ghana. He sometimes plays through pain and that tells you the sort of player we have and can count on.

“I know he is a professional and he would do a professional job for Ghana. It [His concerns] wouldn’t be an issue. There is no dismay about it," Rajevac states.

The Inter midfielder Muntari was expelled from the team for indiscipline. He would miss out in the next major tournament of the continent when Ghana clash with Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo in West African Group B.

K.N.S Mensah,