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Saturday, May 11, 2002
Ghana appoint new coach

ACCRA, May 11 (Reuters) - Yugoslav Milan Zivadinovic has been appointed coach of Ghana's national team to prepare the 'Black Stars' for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia, Ghana's sports minister said.
Zivadinovic, a former coach of Yugoslavia and Iraq now working at Obilic, has signed a two-year renewable contract. He replaces veteran Fred Osam Duodu, fired in February after Ghana's exit from the Nations Cup in Mali at the quarter-final stage.

Ghana's Minister of Youth and Sports Edward Osei Kwaku told a news conference late on Friday that Zivadinovic would be given free rein to rebuild the team for the Nations Cup and the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Zivadinovic was chosen ahead of Ian Porterfield, a former manager of Chelsea who has coached Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Polish-born Anton Piechniczek, a former coach of Tunisia.

Porterfield ruled himself out last week after signing for Ghana's first division side Asante Kotoko.

Ghana have won the African Nations Cup four times, a record shared with Egypt and Cameroon, but their last title dates back to 1982 and they have never qualified for the World Cup finals.

The coach is due to take up his position after watching Ghana play World Cup qualifiers Slovenia on May 17.


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LJUBLJANA, May 17 (DS)- Friendly international match summary

SLOVENIA 2 - Zlatko Zahovic 25, Dzoni Novak 45
Half time: 2-0, Attendance 7000
Referee: Michail Benes (Czech Republic)

Slovenia: Marko Simeunovic, Marinko Galic (Muamer Vugdalic, 38), Zeljko Milinovic, Aleksander Knavs, Amir Karic, Sasa Gajser (Goran Sankovic, 46), Dzoni Novak, Miran Pavlin (Milenko Acimovic, 46), Zlatko Zahovic (Nastja Ceh , 63), Mladen Rudonja, Sebastjan Cimerotic (Milan Osterc, 46)

Ghana: Richard Kingston, Kofi Amponsah, Gyan Baffour, John Mensah (Abdul Karim, 83), Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah (Razak Ibrahim, 61), Muntari Sulley (Issah Rahman, 68), George Blay, Daniel Edusei, Peter Ofori-Quaye, Dereck Boateng (John Pantsil, 83)
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