After obtaining the Technical Report from the squad and the Management Committee following Ghana’s Group G World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa, the Ghana Football Association terminated the contracts of Black Stars Coach Charles Akonnor and his two assistants.
After parting ways with coach Charles Akonnor, the Ghana Football Association’s Executive Council formed a three-man ad hoc committee to identify a head coach and assistant coaches for the Black Stars in October 2021.
“Executive Council has formed a three (3) Member Committee made up of Vice President Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman, Alhaji Salifu Zida, and Dr. Randy Abbey to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars within the next 72 hours,” the GFA said in the same statement that announced CK Akonnor’s dismissal.
The Ghana Football Association said that the three-man ad hoc committee had delivered its report on who they believe can guide the Black Stars’ affairs just days after the GFA constituted it.
“The Three-Member Search Committee, which was formed by the Executive Council to offer suggestions for a new coach of the Black Stars, has delivered its report to the Ghana Football Association on Thursday, September 16, 2021,” the announcement reads.
Following the firing of Charles Akonnor on Monday, the Committee of Vice President Mark Addo, Dr. Ransford Abbey, and Alhaji Salifu Zida Shaibu was given three days to recruit a new coach and assistant(s) for the Black Stars.
Following the report’s submission, the next steps will entail internal alignment with important stakeholders and Executive Council decision-making prior to contract signing, public announcement, and unveiling.”
Finally, the GFA confirmed the re-appointment of Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac as the Black Stars coach, replacing CK Akonnor, on Friday, September 24, 2021, after evaluating the reports from the three-man ad hoc committee.
On the same day, Otto Addo, the assistant coach of Borussia Dortmund, and Maxwell Konadu, the head coach of Legon Cities, were confirmed as the Black Stars’ first and second assistant coaches.
Mark Addo is the owner of Nzema Kotoko and the Ghana Football Association’s Vice President. He is well-known as a successful businessman.
Alhaji Zida, the chairman of the Northern Regional Football Association and a member of the Executive Council, is a member of the Executive Council.
Dr. Randy Abbey is a well-known football broadcaster and administrator. He’s a member of the Executive Council as well.
Dan Kwaku Yeboah, a former spokesperson for the Normalization Committee, has also claimed that one person in the Ghana Football Association’s leadership single-handedly ensured Milovan Rajevac’s appointment as coach of the Black Stars.