April 30, 2010
The media in Ghana has been one hotbed of debate after we revealed the contents of the evaluation list given to Milovan Rajevac for the World Cup by kicker.
There have been many opinions, but the central issue has been about who merited two seconds of Milo’s astute tactical brains. For instance, some said Stephen Appiah should not have been there, others promised bloody murder if he does not make it to the final list!
That was all on radio and television. Now it is your turn.
Following ESPN Blogs Ghana’s report that Milovan Rajevac has done some percentage ratings for some players, the rebuttals have been coming in from various official quarters.
Through all this, I can only describe the situation as comical. The first paragraph of the report was clear:
ESPN Blogs Ghana has intercepted a copy of an evaluation list sent to Ghana’s coach by German football magazine, kicker Sportmagazin. (emphasis on sent to)
Nobody on this blog said Milovan Rajevac has/had written a list of players that will go to South Africa. What he did was to invite kicker Sportmagazin to make an intellectual guess as to who they - kicker - thought would make it. (Kindly note that kicker is always spelled in the lower case)
And they did. And Rajevac gave his opinions on the list kicker had brought.
Simple as that. What's all the media fuss for?
April 29, 2010
ESPN Blogs Ghana has intercepted a copy of an evaluation list sent to Ghana's coach by German football magazine, kicker Sportmagazin. The list was part of an interview Milovan Rajevac granted to the magazine in Frankfurt on Monday, April 26. The full details of the interview would soon be published by the magazine in its World Cup Special Issue.
This is the first time the coach has spoken about his possible team for the FIFA World Cup.
There are some surprising revelations in the list, such as the fact that locally-based King Faisal’s Latif Mohammed has a 50% chance of making it to South Africa. The same applies to David Addy of FC Porto.
April 28, 2010
“Michael Essien will not be in the squad for the weekend’s game against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. We were hoping that Michael recovered before the final game but it now looks unlikely that he will feature for us again this season.”
With these forty-two words, Chelsea’s club spokesman sent the World Cup hopes of millions of Ghanaians into the backwater. To miss Michael for the rest of the season for the Blues would not concern the average national team fan much, but when the player adds his bit by confirming that he may miss the tournament: