Trio go Awol for Angola clash
Posted: 18 November 2009 Time: 13:34
Milovan Rajevac is facing the first major disciplinary test of his reign as Black Stars coach after three players opted out of the friendly international against Angola without permission.
Chelsea star Michael Essien, striker Asamoah Gyan and Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari did not travel with the Black Stars at the last minute on Monday night and without permission from the management of the team.
Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Pappoe confirmed to TV3 Network that the trio had originally been part of the team’s plans before their late withdrawal without the approval of Rajevac.
Two players Samuel Inkoom and Stephen Appiah had been excused from the Angola duty by Rajevac well in advance of the trip but the decision of the three key players to abstain has upset football officials here.
Rajevac has had a smooth ride as Ghana coach but he will now have to act in dealing with the first major case of indiscipline in his squad.
The Black Stars have struggled since qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and will be looking for their first win against the Palancas Negras in four matches.