Black Stars coach axed

Ghana sack Stevanovic for ANC failure

March 19, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced the sacking of national team coach Goran Stevanovic, six weeks after he failed to lead the Black Stars to African Nations Cup glory.

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic
GettyImagesGoran Stevanovic was in the Ghana hotseat for 14 months

Having been Africa's leading lights at the 2010 World Cup, Ghana were among the favourites prior to this year's continental showpiece in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

But Stevanovic's side were knocked out of the tournament by surprise champions Zambia in the semi-finals, and then lost the third-placed play-off to Mali after a lacklustre showing.

The Serbian manager's future was immediately the subject of conjecture, with most supporters and pundits expecting him to be swiftly replaced.

However the GFA bided its time over the decision, before eventually reaching the conclusion that a change was needed. Assistant coach Kwegsi Appiah has been asked to take temporary charge until a permanent successor is found.

A statement from the Ghana FA read: "The Ghana Football Association has parted company with Goran Stevanovic as the Black Stars coach today. This comes after three weeks of extensive meetings to ensure that the best decision is taken in the best interest of the nation.''

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said: "We would like to express our gratitude to the general public for their concerns about the national team and their patience so far.''

Stevanovic's successor is likely to be in place when the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign begins against Lesotho in June. Ghana will also play Sudan and Zambia in what appears a tricky group.