Finally, Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari apologises for his actions at the 2014 World Cup which led to his dismissal from Ghana’s National Team.
The Al Ittihad midfielder during the 2014 World Cup assaulted a member of the Black Stars management committee over issues on unpaid player bonuses. He was suspended by the Ghana Football Association, alongside German-born Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng who also verbally abused former Black Stars manager Kwesi Appiah.
The two players were subsequently invited to appear before the 2014 World Cup Commission set up to investigate the matter in Brazil but they both snubbed the summons and also refused to apologise.
However, after two long years of defiance, Muntari apologises for his wrongs, saying he regrets his actions and is now available to play for the national team if invited to do so.
Below is his apology letter addressed to the GFA and Ghana as a whole:
LETTER OF APOLOGY
I write to express my sincere apology to the Ghana Football Association and the entire nation for any embarrassment that my action in Brazil brought to the Black Stars Team, the Ghana Football Association and my beloved country Ghana.
I have reflected on what happened and I am deeply sorry and apologize to all the stakeholders in the GFA who were offended by my actions.
Ghana has a special place in my heart and I will forever be indebted to my country and all the fans who have supported me from the beginning.
I am always available to play for the Senior National Team of Ghana whenever I am invited.
Sulley Ali Muntari
The big question now is, would his apology be accepted after this prolonged silence which is perceived by the majority as an act of absolute arrogance?
Meanwhile, many Ghanaians are already out on social media platforms with their views on this recent development, with many of them strongly against his quest to be restored as a player for the national team.
Moreover, the Ghana national team has totally transformed since the exits of Muntari, Boateng and Michael Essien as some young players have emerged with a lot of prospects. Without them, the Black Stars reached the Africa Cup of Nations finals last year and also qualified for the tournament when they earned a 2-0 victory against Mauritius in Port Louis on Sunday.
Let’s watch out and see the turn out of events as regards this. We’ll surely keep you updated with latest news and information.