Caretaker Black Stars coach Akwesi Appiah has refute claims that suggest Sulley Muntari has been kicked out of the national team.
Muntari last featured for Ghana at the 2010 world cup where he repeatedly complained to team management about his playing time. Muntari got into a heated agument with former coach Milovan Rajevac in the teams’ dressing room and was spared from exclusion only after he had apologized.
In the post 2010 world cup, the Inter Milan midfielder was axed from the senior team squad that played the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an international friendly in August 2010, and was also overlooked when the Stars played Swaziland in an African cup of nations qualifier.
Akwesi Appiah took over as a caretaker coach after Milovan Rajevac opted for Saudi Arabia champs Al-Ahly, on Sept. 24. Appiah called up a 20 man strong Ghana team to face the Sudan and once again Sulley Muntari’s name wasn’t on the list.
Speaking in an interview with VibeGhana.com affiliate the caretaker of the Black Stars said Muntari’s non-invite to play against the Sudan wasn’t because of his feud with Milovan, he said Sulley’s actions at the world cup was dealt with in South Africa. “I like Sulley, he is a proven talent and capable of playing at high level, but he is not the only player we have” he said.
Asked about whether Sulley Muntari will be called up at some point in the future, Akwasi said ” Different game require different players, if we feel we need him for a game, we will call him”.
Appiah said if Munatri continues to play good minutes at Inter, he will make a case for himself to be called up.
Sulley Muntari’s powerful left footed strike in Ghana’s encounter against Uruguay carried the Stars through 90 minutes and overtime before Ghana sucumbed on PK to the South Americans.