The sports minister wants Muntari to return to the country’s national team after he recently apologised for his conduct at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ghana’s sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye has called on Ghanaians to accept Sulley Muntari’s apology. The sports minister wants Muntari to return to the country’s national team, after he recently apologised for his conduct at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Muntari was indefinitely suspended from the Black Stars after physically attacking team administrator Moses Armah, at the World Cup in 2014 over issues of unpaid bonuses. After two years of being excluded from the team, the Al Ittihad player last month, apologised for his actions.
He sent an apology letter to the Ghana Football Association, where he accepted responsibility for his actions, and added he would always be available to play for the Black Stars, if selected.
His apology had sparked an uproar on the internet, with many strongly against his plea to return to the black stars. But the Sports Minister has thrown his weight behind the section of Ghanaians who believe the 31-year-old should be accepted once again. The Minister who believes in second chances, is pleading with Ghanaians to accept his apology.
Nii Lante Vanderpuye, while speaking on TV3 admitted that even though he has no power to order Muntari’s return, he thinks the Saudi-based player should be allowed to play for Ghana’s Black Stars. The Minister lauded him for rendering the apology, and also for taking responsibility of his actions.
Many of his colleagues including Asamoah Gyan, and Kwesi Appiah have come out to plead on his behalf, urging that he be restored as a player for the national team.
But then, Ghana has moved on since Muntari’s two-year-old boycott from the senior national team. The Black Stars have reportedly transformed since his exit, as young players have stepped in and excelled in his absence. Without him, the team reached the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, among other achievements. For this reason, one cannot predict the decision of the GFA concerning Muntari’s return.
We can only wait to see how things eventually turn out.