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05.02.2010 Sports News

Ghana coach rubbishes favouritism reports

By ghanasoccernet.com
Rajevac says he only wants good playersRajevac says he only wants good players
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Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has rubbished allegations that he favours players who are signed with Fifa agent Goran 'Super Agent' Milovanovic.

A section of the Ghanaian media has trumpeted this view, speculating that some of the players invited for the Africa Cup of Nations do not merit a place.

Several Ghanaian players including Prince Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Samuel Inkoom are all signed to the Serbian agent, who also represents the Black Stars trainer.

Milovanic has been operating in Ghana for many years as he is represented on the local scene by the well-known Benedict 'Bishop' Sarpong in Ghana football circles well before Rajevac's arrival.

Despite having over 20 Ghanaian players signed, just a handful of players signed with Milovanovic play for the Black Stars.

The latest count shows that the Ghana national team is dominated by players signed with Michael Essien's French agent Fabien Pivateau who has some more than six players in the team.

Some of the players under Pivateau's agency are goalkeeper Richard Kingson, John Mensah, Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah and Daniel Agyei are all signed to Pivateau, who also faced similar allegations in the past.

Rajevac says he is only interested in inviting players who are best placed to give off their best for the Ghana national team, insisting not even the Ghana FA can meddle in his choice of players.

"Nobody can interfere and nobody has interfered in my selection of players," Rajevac said.

"I don't think about who a player's agent is when I call them, all I care is if they good players who fit into my plans.

"I didn't know Kwadwo Asamoah's agent but when I came he was not part of the national team. These allegations are unrealistic. 

"Even the people at the GFA have not interfered with my selection of players. They never put me under pressure."

In the wake of Prince Tagoe's problems at Hoffenheim several Ghanaian players flocked to sign with the agent Milovanovic.

When Hoffenheim decided to abrogate Tagoe's contract claiming health problems the Serbian agent fought the German side in court which resulted in a U-turn by the Bundesliga side.

Since Tagoe's contract was reinstated, some Ghanaian players who have mostly been badly treated by their agents have approached the 'Super Agent' to represent them.

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