Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Goran makes u-turn; I never said I will resign

Under fire coach of the Black Stars Goran Stevanovic has denied ever saying he will resign as coach if the Black Stars fail to win the just ended AFCON tournament.

In a heated press conference, laced with boos and heckling, the Serbian trainer said he was not categorical about his decision to resign; he was merely conditional.

Days before the start of the Gabon-Equatorial Guinea 2012 Stevanovic held a press conference during which he announced his final 25 man list for the tournament.

During that press conference Plavi was asked if he will resign if the Stars fail to win the tournament and he responded : “If you want me to, Yes,” but the journalist, not convinced, pushed further asking, “would you?” then he said: “You know what, I am thinking about it. If we don’t play in the finals, yes. If we play in the final it will depend, if we lose for example [through] a penalty then I don’t know, maybe if my people [GFA] say we are not satisfied then I will resign” the coach responded.

The Black Stars failed to make it to the finals following a 0-1 loss to Zambia who were the eventual winners of the tournament.

So journalists who were not impressed with the performance of the coach demanded to know at the press conference if he will honour his own promise and resign.

But the Serbian trainer flatly denied ever saying he will resign if the team failed to win the tournament.

He apologized and took responsibility for the failure of the Stars to win the tournament and put his fate in the hands of the FA to decide whether he should stay or leave.

Meanwhile, the FA says it is yet to take a decision on the future of the Goran Stevanovic.

President of the Association Kwasi Nyantakyi said they are still meeting with stakeholders and the final decision on Plavi will be taken in due course.


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