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Milovan Rajevac has already had to defend himself on several occasions as to the extent of his commitment to Ghana’s cause.
But suggestions that divided loyalties might cloud his commitment to the Black Stars’ opening game of the World Cup seem underhand and divisive.
The Serbian-born coach takes his African charges up against his homeland in the tournament in South Africa on Sunday, prompting a handful of Ghanaian football commentators to slyly suggest he will not be 100 percent committed.
Although it is an issue largely ignored by other media outlets, it does recall the ugliness that followed the heavy defeat suffered by then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) at the hands of Yugoslavia when the two countries met in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.
We are now less than a week away from the start of the Confederations Cup and the first true test of South Africa’s preparedness to host the 2010 World Cup.
It’s hard for a lot of people to take the Confederations Cup seriously, although in Germany four years ago it did develop into a summer festival and in the end proved a tasty appetiser before the main meal 12 months later.