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Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Ghana coach flees
Milan Zivadinovic
Zivadinovic wanted leave to sort out family problems
Ghana coach Milan Zivadinovic has left the country in defiance of his employers, after he was refused leave by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to return home.

An infuriated GFA executive body immediately summoned an emergency meeting on Wednesday, in which the future of the Yugoslav coach was discussed.

It said a decision on his status would be reached in the next few days.

Last Tuesday, Zivadinovic had requested permission to travel abroad to attend to family matters.

Although the Yugoslav is likely to return to Ghana, there are speculations that he might be dismissed or fined a month's wages for his misconduct.

The 58-year-old Zivadinovic, who also leads the Under-23 side, was due to travel to Liberia this week for an All-African Games qualifier but the trip was cancelled after the Liberians withdrew.

GFA vice-chairman Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah told the Accra radio station Joy FM why the Yugoslav was denied leave.

"When Ziva met the chairman he was told that there are important assignments ahead in the next few weeks and it was inappropriate for him to travel now," Owusu-Ansah said.

"We have a match against Rwanda in the Nations Cup qualifiers next month.

"After the Black Stars lost 1-0 in the first match to Uganda, he has to stay and prepare the team."

Although Zivadinovic blamed some of the players and the GFA for the defeat in Kampala, he has done little to increase his popularity with Ghanaians.

Zivadinovic, who assumed the job in May, was the successor to Fred Osam-Duodu, who led the Black Stars to the quarter-finals at the last Nations Cup in Mali.

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