The highest ranked team on the African continent has announced the arrival of new coach Milovan Rajevac, with a view to leading Algeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifying ‘group of death’.

The Serbian head coach takes over from Frenchman Christian Gourcuff, who resigned from the post in April this year.

The 62-year-old coach was previously in charge of the Ghana national team for a two-year spell from 2008 to 2010, leading them to South Africa for the World Cup in 2010. He managed to guide the Black Stars to the quarter-finals of that tournament, before losing out to Uruguay in a penalty shootout.

Milovan Rajevac looks on prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa quarter final match between Uruguay and Ghana on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg © Clive Mason/Getty

The Algerian Football Federation announced Rajevac as the latest tactician to assume the leadership role at the Fennec Foxes, with the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament on the horizon at the beginning of next year.

Ranked number 32 in the world and first on the continent according to the latest FIFA rankings, Algeria was on Friday drawn in a 2018 World Cup qualifying group alongside Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.

Algeria players pose for a team photo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil © Julian Finney/Getty

A former member of his technical team in Ghana kindly referred to Rajevac as a ‘hard-working and likeable man who gives discipline and belief to the team he coaches, despite his difficulty with the English language.’