The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is yet to decide whether they will accept Muntari back into the National Team or not. While we wait to hear their response, hot debates have been going on both in the media and ordinary places across the nation over Sulley Muntari’s recent apology letter.
From all indications, the nation is strongly divided in opinions on the issue. Many have questioned the genuineness of Muntari’s apology letter after his two long years of defiance and lack of remorse. While some are of the opinion that the Al-Ittihad midfielder be forgiven and accepted, many others have lashed out on him, criticizing him for arrogance and also saying that his apology came too late and at the wrong time. A fraction of Ghanaians are also suggesting that Sulley be forgiven but never to be reinstated as a player in the national team.
However, some colleagues in football field as well as some popular celebs in other fields have come out publicly to plead on his behalf. They want the GFA to accept Muntari , while forgiving his past actions.
The Black Stars captain and indomitable striker, Asamoah Gyan has come to the defense of Sulley Muntari, asking that he be forgiven. According to Gyan, its time to embrace the midfielder and move on due to his long standing service to the national team. Speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM, Gyan said,
I’m very happy for him to have written the letter. For this world if a brother offend you and regret and then come to apologize, you have to forgive him. For now he’s declared that he’s available, he’s apologized. All we have to do is just to forgive him and move on. He’s one player who has served from 2002 and still plays active football today so I think we should compensate him with what he has done for the country.
In addition, Crystal Palace striker, Kwesi Appiah also wants the GFA to accept Muntari. We would recall that it was under Appiah’s tenure that Sulley Muntari got expelled. Like Asamoah Gyan, Kwesi Appiah wants Sulley Muntari to be given another chance.
Moreover, Hiplife musician and rapper, Emmanuel Nana Appiah Boateng, aka, Kontihene, has pleaded with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to forgive and accept Muntari. According to Kontihene, Muntari’s absence in the team has created a vacuum which no one has filled. Pointing out reasons why Sulley should be considered, he said:
Sulley Muntari is still in good form and influential to help Ghana but when you study the current Ghana Black Stars team, there’s no one filling his gab. He is experienced, mature and gifted and it will be a waste if we don’t forgive him. We have all erred before and forgiven.
Ghanaians are free-hearted people so we plead that the Ghana Football Association should consider his apology letter and forgive. Two wrongs always don’t make right but he is still our pride so we should forgive him. People who are bastardising him are hurt. Only God can determine when someone should quit.
He is still strong, experienced, and skilled, and scores for his current team so no one can determine when he should quit the national team. If the current coach finds him a good addition to the team, he shouldn’t look at character; he should consider his talent to work with.
Sulley Muntari earned himself an indefinite suspension from the Ghana National Team after he reportedly assaulted Black Stars management committee member Moses Armah during the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil. That was however, not the first time of he was involved in such act of indiscipline.
Muntari has since not featured for the senior national team of Ghana as the GFA expected an official apology from the midfielder. He however, refused to render the required apology and during his suspension period missed the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars were edged to the trophy by Cote d’Ivoire on a penalty shootout in the final game of the tournament. The Al Ittihad midfielder also missed the qualifiers which saw Ghana book a place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament set to be staged in Gabon after defeating Mauritius in a 2-0 match.
Finally, after two years, he says he regrets his actions and asks to be forgiven and accepted. Do you think the GFA should forgive and also accept Muntari back into the national team? Let’s hear your views.