Ghana boss 'refuses' R4m payout

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Amid much confusion around his job, Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac has reportedly refused to accept a hefty compensation package after the country's Ministry of Sports ordered his sacking on Saturday.  

The Serbian was said to have been relieved of his duties as national team coach after a disastrous 2021 Africa Cup of Nations showing, which saw the Black Stars being dumped out of the tournament at the group stage after picking up just one point from three matches.

However, according to GhanaWeb, the 68-year-old coach is still under contract with the national team despite an order being given for his dismissal.

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Various reports in the West-African country had suggested that Rajevac's sacking was concluded in a meeting between the Ministry of Sports and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday, where the dismissal of the entire technical team was also ordered.

"The Ministry made it clear to the GFA that the people of Ghana have lost confidence in the capacity of the current technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success," Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif said in a statement.  

"The Ministry, therefore, asked the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars technical team led by the head coach Milovan Rajevac."

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However, per Ghanaian radio station ClassFMonline, Rajevac has refused to accept a $270 000 (R4 million) settlement for his supposed dismissal, which comes just four months after he replaced Charles Akonnor in the hot seat.

The compensation was said to be a three-month salary in lieu, but it is yet to be confirmed why the 68-year-old turned down the payout.

With no statement confirming Rajevac's sacking from the GFA having been forthcoming, though, contrasting reports suggest that Rajevac is still the team's manager, with the GFA said to have gone against the Ministry's instruction to dismiss the tactician in the belief that he could lead them to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  

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