Soccer News Sat, 11 Dec 2010

Plot Against Desailly?

Ghanaian-born former French international, , dropped the strongest hint yet to quit the race for the vacant Black Stars job yesterday despite being shortlisted among four applicants, including Serbian Goran Stevanovic, for an interesting photo-finish in the coming days.

Desailly, who is a hot favourite to replace Milovan Rajevac, was named by the FA’s eight-man search committee last Thursday alongside compatriot Herbert Addo, Serbia’s Stevanovic, Humberto Coelho of Portugal and Can Vanli of Turkey who is now out of contention, revealed his intention to pull out to the Graphic Sports yesterday due to the mud-slinging on his personality in a section of the media, as well as the GFA’s seeming apathy towards his cause.

Desailly, aka, Odenke Abbey, was unhappy about the way the Ghana Football Association (GFA) had kept him in the dark by way of direct communication since applying for the job three months ago, compounding his frustration borne out of some scathing media attacks on him for lacking the requisite coaching experience for the Stars job.

Graphic Sports investigations also revealed that the FIFA World Cup winner and two-time European Cup winner received his invitation letter for an interview on December 16 only yesterday afternoon after lamenting over the issue in the media, fuelling his suspicion of some underhand dealings which might be going on.


However, Desailly’s interview date clearly casts doubt over the FA’s earlier promise to name the new Black Stars coach by December 15, 2010.

At the time of going to press yesterday, Desailly was planning to hold a press conference to make his position clear on the clandestine moves by some faceless people to deny him the chance to serve his motherland.

In an interview with Citi FM yesterday morning, the 42-year-old former Marseille, AC Milan and Chelsea player could not hide his disappointment about any the way he had not been updated enough directly by the GFA since applying for the job.

“It’s the media who have really informed me about movement and what has been going on. “It’s been three months now since I positioned myself for the Black Stars coach position and I have not heard anything, nothing official, only newspaper report,” Desailly bemoaned.

Source: Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo - Daily Graphic