ACCRA, August 13 (National Team) - Milovan Rajevac has been confirmed as the new coach of Ghana, ending weeks of speculation as to who will lead the Black Stars for the next two years.
The 54-year-old Serb takes over from Frenchman Claude Le Roy, who left the post in May, and will be aiming to guide the west Africans to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Rajevac is a surprise appointment after German trio Klaus Toppmoller, Ulli Stielike, Volke Finke, former French international Jean Pierre Papin and Austrian Josef Hickersberger were all ahead of him in the race for the job.
However, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) are convinced they have found the right man in Rajevac, who is currently in charge of Serbian top-flight club FK Borac, awarding him a two-year deal.
'He holds a superior football coaching certificate from the University of Belgrade,' read a GFA statement on www.ghanafa.org. 'He holds a UEFA professional license in coaching.
'A former footballer whose career spanned a period 1973-89 during which he played for the Olympic team of Yugoslavia, Red Stars Belgrade New York Arrows.
'He has extensive experience in coaching having been head coach of FC Borac of Serbia, FC Srbija of Sweden, FC Guoan of China, FC Red Star Belgrade, Serbia and FC Al-Sadd of Qatar and FC Vojvodina and FC Lovisad,' added the statement.
Rajevac has an impressive CV having turned perennial league strugglers Borac into UEFA Cup contenders with a fourth-placed finish in the Superliga last season.
He will lead the Cacak-based club for one final time in a UEFA Cup second qualifying round game against Lokomotiv Sofia of Bulgaria on Thursday, before being unveiled in Accra next Monday.
His first official game for Ghana will be a friendly against Tanzania in Arusha on August 20.