Estranged Black Stars player Sulley Muntari has admitted to missing Ghana’s national team after a three-year absence due to suspension. Muntari who was a centrepiece in the Black Stars during his stay has not featured for the national team following a disagreement with some FA officials in 2014.
The 32-year-old was suspended alongside Kevin-Prince Boateng for their ill-mannered actions at the 2014 World Cup which led to their dismissal from Ghana’s national team. The Pescara midfielder during the 2014 World Cup assaulted a member of the Black Stars committee, Moses Armah, over issues of unpaid bonuses. For KP Boateng, the Las Palmas midfielder was suspended for verbally abusing new Black Stars manager Kwesi Appiah who was in his first stint as coach of the team.
The two players had been summoned before the 2014 World Cup Commission, but they snubbed the summons and also refused to apologise for their actions.
However, after two years of defiance, Sulley Muntari issued an apology to authorities. Muntari in a comprehensive letter, rendered an unqualified apology to the GFA and Ghanaians pleading for a return to the team. But the GFA has remained indifferent towards the apology.
In an interview on Starr FM, the Pescara midfielder expressed his desire to play for the Black Stars once again.
I always enjoyed playing for the National team and as you know, it is an honour playing for your National team so I really miss playing for the Black Stars. He told Star FM’s Bola Ray.
Coach Kwesi Appiah Envisages Muntari’s Return
Meanwhile, Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah who is in his second stint as the club’s manager has suggested that suspended players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng will be considered back into the team, provided their performances merit a call-up. The new coach said he won’t hesitate to recall the duo if they merit the situation.
The new coach under whose watch the disgraceful World Cup incident occurred, has declared readiness to work with the suspended players again.