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08.02.2006 Football News

Doya Disappointed At Calls For His Head

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Black Stars coach, Ratomir Dujkovic, says he is not surprised some Ghanaians are calling for his dismissal after the team's early exit in Egypt since that is the nature of the coaching job.

In a pre-departure interview with the Daily Graphic , the disappointed Dujkovic took Ghanaians down memory lane by referring to how Ghanaians described him when he qualified the nation to her maiden World Cup in Germany.

"Ghanaians should appreciate the fact that I qualified them to the World Cup. If they want me to go I have my luggage ready to go," he complained.

"On October 8, I was a hero, but now everybody says I should go. Can you imagine what will happen again if Doya qualifies the Black Stars to the second round of the World Cup?" the Serbian quizzed emotionally.

He pointed out that although he was disappointed with the Stars' poor show in Egypt just like any Ghanaian, the reality was that it was difficult for the team to progress in the tournament in the absence of some key players.

He emphasised that if players like Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Stephen Appiah, Matthew Amoah and Laryea Kingston had been available, the story would have been different.

He said the fact that Ghana now ranked 50th in the world rankings meant that a lot more work needed to be done to improve her position.

He disclosed that he was going to take a few days' rest and scout for Ghanaian players who are playing well across the world.

Before he left he would rest for a few days and move to Italy, England and Russia to observe some players. Some of the players he was contemplating inviting to train with the Stars are Patrick Agyemang, Lloyd Owusu, Mark Edusei and Isaac Boakye.

According to Doya, his native country, Serbia Montenegro, which would also be camping in Austria in preparation for the World Cup, had offered to play Ghana on June 2 or 3.

So far, only the Stars game against Mexico in Dallas on March 1 has been confirmed.

However, discussions for friendlies against France, Korea, and Argentina or Paraguay are ongoing.