Avram Grant Names Squad for AFCON Qualifier; Sulley Muntari Not Included Despite Apology


Despite Sulley Muntari’s apology, he is no where to be found in the recently released list of players who would participate in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Rwanda.

Ghana’s National Team coach, Avram Grant has named the 23-man squad for the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Rwand next month. However, the hopes of many who wished the former Inter Milan midfielder back to the Black Stars failed as he was never included.

Sulley Muntari had tendered an apology letter to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in June after two years of defiance. The former Black Stars player was suspended indefinitely from the team after he physically assaulted an official of the association during the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil. Following the incident, the GFA had demanded an apology from the Ghanaian player but he decided to pay deaf ears to the directive for two long years.

See: Sulley Finally Apologises for World Cup Misconduct; Pleads for Return to Black Stars

A good section of Ghanaians had criticised the player, describing him as arrogant. They were also of the opinion that the apology is a fake one with selfish interests lurking behind it. His critics argued that Sulley Muntari tendered the apology with the sole aim of getting a place with the Black Stars once again, against the 2017 AFCON qualifier as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

On the contrary, some others have pleaded on his behalf while pointing out reasons why he should be taken back y the national team.

Also See: For or Against? Ghanaians Debate over Sulley’s Return

Howbeit, there are still hopes that the Al Ittihad midfielder would be included in the next squad for January’s clash in Gabon.

The 23-Man Sqaud

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars).

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Kadri Mohammed (AshantiGold).

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, England).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG, China), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA).

The Black Stars have already qualified for the 2017 AFCON tournament having garnered thirteen (13) points so far from 5 games played.