AFCON 2022: Mike Stankovic, three others join Black Stars technical team

BY: Ghanafa.org
Mike Stankovic (right) is working alongside Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac in Doha
Mike Stankovic (right) is working alongside Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac in Doha

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has made four additions to the technical team of the Black Stars ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroun which kicks-off on January 9.

The addition follows a request by Coach Milovan Rajevac to strengthen the technical area of the Black Stars in the lead up to Africa’s flagship tournament.

The quartet includes Mike Stankovic – an experienced Serbian/American football coach, Awal Salifu - a performance analyst of international repute and two scouts.

Stankovic is a former Yugoslavia defender who played in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for a period of 18 years before taking up coaching in 1991.

The former Dallas Tornado player, 65, served as an assistant to Milovan Rajevac during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa where Ghana exited at the quarter final stage after losing to Uruguay on penalties and later joined the Stars trainer to manage the Qatar national football team in 2011.

Awal Kamin Salifu -- a young dynamic performance analyst was formerly attached to the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana and Nordsjaelland FC in Denmark as performance analyst. He has varied experience in player performance analysis and monitoring and will be a top quality addition to the technical team.

The four technical brains have already started work with the team in Doha and are expected to bring their rich vein of experience to bear during the AFCON in Cameroun.

The Black Stars will take on Morocco, Gabon and Comoros in Group C when the AFCON begins.