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‘Ghana still owe Milovan Rajevac and CK Akonnor’ – Sports Minister reveals

Ghana’s Sports Ministry still owes former Black Stars head coaches, Milovan Rajevac and C.K Akonnor arrears for handling the senior national team, the sector minister Mustapha Ussif has revealed.

In a shocking revelation, the Sports Minister said despite owning the duo, its office is keen to settle the debts accordingly.

Milovan Rajevac was reappointed for a second spell as head coach of the Balck Stars back in September 2021, during the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But he was sacked after leading the team to a poor AFCON campaign at the 2021 tournament played in 2022 and hosted by Cameroon.

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He was then replaced by C.K Akonnor as the head coach of the team with the former Ghanaian international also shown the exit door after the country lost to South Africa in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Since the departure of the two coaches, there have been multiple reports suggesting that the sports ministry owed them arrears on salaries.

The Minister, speaking on the matter for the first at the press briefing of Ghana’s preparations towards the hosting of the 13th African Games in March 2024, Mustapha Ussif admitted that Ghana still owes the former employees.

“We still owe Milovan Rajevac.” “With both C.K [Akonnor] and Milovan, once their contracts were terminated, we sat with them and negotiated their exit. C.K was paid $100,000 immediately after the negotiation, the same as Milovan.

We still owe both of them, but we have a payment schedule which, I will admit, we have not followed because of a constraint of funds. As and when we get funds, we will be paying the two coaches,” the minister disclosed.

He furthered revealed that both coaches have on several occasions threatened to take matter to the Court of Administration for Sports (CAS) however authorities had pleaded for some ample time to settle the arrears.

“Both of them have written to the Ghana Football Association and are threatening to go to court. We have appealed to them that we are committed to making sure we settle whatever we agreed with them.”

Black Stars is currently managed by Chris Hughton and hopes he qualifies the team to the ongoing 2023 Afcon to be staged in Cote d’Ivoire.

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