Milovan Rajevac, the new head coach of the Black Stars, has suggested that if Luis Suarez had not stopped a goal-bound header with his hands in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, the Black Stars could have gone all the way.
The Black Stars were on the verge of a historic World Cup semi-final appearance when Dominic Adiyiah’s header appeared destined for the back of the net in the final minutes of the game.
However, Uruguayan Suarez raised his arms and batted the ball away, resulting in his dismissal.
Asamoah Gyan’s subsequent penalty hit the crossbar, and the Black Stars went on to lose on penalties.
Uruguay lost their semi-final match to the Netherlands, who then lost to Spain in the final.
Rajevac, who was in charge of the Black Stars in South Africa, believes the team could have won the World Cup if the Uruguayan had not cheated.
“This was the greatest success in Ghanaian football, as well as the greatest success in my career. I was delighted to share our success with you. We might have been world champions if Suarez hadn’t done what he did,” Rajevac said.
He urged Ghanaians and the media to support the team in the same way they did in 2010, as it was one of the factors that led to the Black Stars’ success.
“When you get to the World Cup, you realize this is the pinnacle of your career. We must all work together, including the GFA, technical team, media, and supporters. We did it the last time we did it together. I am confident that we will be able to deliver.”
The GFA confirmed Rajevac’s appointment at a press conference on Friday.