Ratomir Dujković

  • Born: (Borovo, Vukovar-Syrmia County, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia [now Croatia])

Ratomir Dujković is a Serbian football manager and a former player.

In September 2004, the Portuguese-born Mariano Barreto quit the Ghana national football team to manage CS Marítimo in his native country. A long 3-month search for his replacement followed and it included various candidates (Philippe Troussier among many others). Finally by late November, the job was offered to Dujković who accepted it in mid-December. He thus took over the helm of the squad featuring a much greater depth of talent than Rwanda – not to mention the few established stars playing in top European clubs like Sammy Kuffour, Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien. Naturally, the expectations were also sizable and he was entrusted with the task of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He successfully achieved it, leading the side to their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance. The same qualifying tournament was also the qualification for the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Dujković faced a lot of opposition throughout his tenure in Ghana. Many wanted to see a domestic coach lead the national team. Calls for his sacking particularly intensified in January 2006 after an indifferent display at the 2006 African Cup of Nations where Ghana got drawn in a fairly difficult group with Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

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