Ghana-Italy: Rajevac stood up by Balotelli

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Who will Mario Balotelli play for? Ghana or Italy? The promising Inter forward is torn between his home country and his roots, following Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac’s Italy trip to convince Balotelli to play for the Black Stars for the World Cup.

Black Stars boss Milovan Rajevac reiterated earlier this week his plans to convince young Inter strike Mario Balotelli to join his Ghana squad for the World Cup finals this summer.

Unfortunately for him, the Serbian’s mission to persuade “Super Mario” has proved unfruitful. According to reports coming from Italy, the coach who took the “baby” Black Stars to the final of the 2010 African Cup of Nations was in Milan with hopes of convincing Italian born Balotelli to opt for Ghana, where his parents came from.

FIFA rules would not prevent him from defecting to another national side at senior level and Ghana international midfielder Sulley Muntari and Rajevac’s Serbian compatriot Dejan Stankovic are reportedly trying to convince their team-mate to seize this chance.

“He is a great talent and can become one of the best strikers in the world,” said Rajevac, who had already revealed his desire to include Balotelli in his squad last December.

“Ghana are offering him a nice opportunity. He is of Ghanaian origins and he would find plenty of lads like him in our squad… Mario has the chance to take part in the World Cup with one of the most interesting teams and his arrival would be welcomed with enthusiasm. It’s up to him: we’d be happy to have him at our disposal.”

But the tactician got incredibly stood up by both Muntari and Balotelli after traveling to Milan. “I made phone calls and I tried to contact them,” he explained. “But then no-one was showing up and I left.”

However, Muntari apparently proceeded to do damage control afterwards, and Rajevac said: “Yes, Sulley called me later on and it’s all good now.”

2010 World Cup  South Africa's preparation to host the games on African soil for the first time but also individual African countries' determination to take part in the historic event. Five African countries - Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa and Ghana - are selected to join twenty seven teams from around the world to battle it out on the football pitch for the gold trophy. One by one, the African teams are eliminated, but Africans will not be bogged down as they rally behind their compatriots on the wings of the vuvuzela, a far cry from the near diplomatic row between Algeria and Egypt during the qualifiers. Ghana are the last team to leave but not before African unity becomes reality...
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