The plush Serbian home of Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is to be razed to the ground, but the trainer says it is a calculated attempt to intimidate him from leading the Black Stars to the World Cup.
The Black Stars have been pitted against Serbia in Group D alongside Germany and Australia in this summerâ€™s World Cup.
Rajevac, who is touring major leagues to monitor Ghanaian players, told Ghanasoccernet: â€œThis is a very suspicious move and it is clearly an attempt to stop me from leading the Black Stars to the World Cup. â€œThis house has been here for many years and I have all the documents. It is curious that a few weeks before the World Cup they decide to destroy the house.
â€œThis is very painful because my several years of labour and working in football were invested here, but because of football they want to kill my determination.â€
The 55-year-old said he has done nothing wrong and remains determined to lead the west African team to South Africa.
â€œIf this is their intention, they are very mistaken. I am leading the Black Stars to the World Cup to make history. They should get this correct.”
â€œTo build an expensive house like this I needed a permit and I acquired all the documents before I built the house, so it is heart wrenching for them to do this to me
â€œI have no option than to go to the courts, ask FIFA to look into the matter and also ask the Ghana government to intervene and seek protection for me at governmental levels.
â€œThis is football and it must not come to this. I am committed to Ghana and I will do my best to achieve something momentous. They cannot intimidate me.â€
The mansion is estimated to cost US$1.5m.