Who Was Ghana’s Top Foreign Coach?

Milovan Rajevac was impressive at the 2010 World Cup

Bukhard Ziese (1990-1992)

The German stepped onto the shores of the west African nation when the Black Stars were unattractive. He arrived in Ghana in 1990 and within two years he was able to infuse a high sense of discipline into the team and packaged it as a winsome entity. Ziese led the team to qualify for the 1992 African Nations Cup but left his job based on his controversial stand.

Otto Pfister (1992 -1995)

Otto Pfister took over from his German compatriot Ziese. He stepped in when the Black Stars had already qualified for the Nations Cup. However, he proved at the actual tournament that he did not come in when the cooking had already been done. He led Ghana to their glorious 1992 campaign in Senegal where they finished second to Ivory Coast after a marathon penalty shoot out. Pfister became popular even among non-football lovers and his way of dressing with his trousers dropping from his waist was transferred into the Ghanaian youth lifestyle.

Giuseppe Dossena (1998 – 2000)

The Ethiopian champions Saint George FC tactician coached Ghana for two years. The former Sampdoria midfielder was handed the Black Satellites job and he delivered to satisfaction. The Italian led them to win their first African title in the 1999 African Youth Championship before taking over the steering of the Black Stars, but just when he was molding a compact side he was pushed out in 2000.

Ratomir Dujkovic (2004 – 2006)

The Serbian took over from Portuguese Mariano Barreto who started the 2006 World Cup campaign with Ghana. Dujkovic is likened to the Biblical ‘Moses’ after leading the four-time African champions to their first ever World Cup in Germany 2006. He managed a second round success at the global football showpiece before giants Brazil kicked them out. However, he left his post on healthy grounds coupled with media pressure.

Claude Le Roy (2006 -2008)

The Frenchman left the DR Congo for Ghana in 2006. He helped the Black Stars to third in the Africa Cup of Nations two years later on home soil. The Ghana FA wanted to renew his contract but Le Roy turned the offer down citing too much media scrutiny of his managerial attitude.

Milovan Rajevac (2008 – 2010)

Perhaps he is the best manager Ghana ever had in their football history. Within two years he achieved a great deal with the wealth of talents put at his disposal. He instilled a high sense of discipline and work ethic into the team. He led the home players to win silver at the CHAN and took a depleted team to the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola and won silver against Egypt in the final. His tenure with Ghana reached a crescendo at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where he guided the team to their first ever World Cup quarter-final.

Who among these men was the best Ghana ever had? Your comments below are welcomed.

First published on Goal.com


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