‘Leave the past in the past’ – Milovan Rajevac tells Black Stars ahead of Uruguay clash

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Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac who previously managed the Ghana national team, the Black Stars has urged Ghana to let go the past of 2010 defeat to Uruguay and stay focus ahead of game against the South American side on Friday.

The four-time Africa champions will play Uruguay in their Group H last game or the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Milovan Rajevac was in the dugout for the Black Stars when the two sides met in the quarter-final of the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

In the aforementioned clash, Ghana were denied the chance to make history by becoming the first African team to advance to the semi-finals when Luis Suarez purposefully blocked Dominic Adiyah’s effort at the goal line with his hands, depriving Ghana of a dramatic victory in the quarterfinal.

Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent kick after Suarez received a straight red card for conceding a penalty.

Ghana eventually lost 4-2 on penalty shootouts.

The 68-year-old who believe it is not a good idea to think about previous situations wants Ghana to forgo it and stay focus before the match on Friday.

“I believe Ghana should leave the past in the past regarding the Uruguay game and take the match against Uruguay tomorrow as any other match.

“It was a tragic memory for all of us but anyway, we made all of Africa proud at that time, so we should learn from that experience and use it for the future challenges

“They should stay focused and determined to win, because every next match is the most important match.” He told Akoma FM.

Ghana will take on Uruguay at the Al Janoub Stadium while South Korea also seeks a win against Portugal in the other Group H encounter.

With a round of 16 ticket at stake, Ghana must avoid defeat to Uruguay and stay alive for qualification on Friday.

Aside, Portugal who has secured qualification, all three other teams are capable of making it out of the group.

Story Kolog Bonaventure

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