Angola 2010: Views on Muntari absence





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Published on Jan 13, 2010

Edward Kwame Aklade VoicesofAfrica mobile reporter in Accra, Ghana - Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari's exclusion from the 23 -man Ghana Black Stars squad for the orange African Cup of Nations in Angola 2010 have stirred dust high up among sports enthusiast all over the country. Whiles others describe the attitude of the midfielder as indiscipline, others say he is frank and that his absence will greatly affect the team in several ways.

Sulley Muntari among others players such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Laryea Kingston and John Painstil the senior players with rich experience are all missing in action due to injury. Ghana is in the same group with Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. However, coach Milo have indicated authoritatively that this is the best stars ever for the impending nations cup and has full confidence in them to deliver and hopefully come out with flying colours.

About six players from the under twenty squad who recently won the world cup have also been invited by the coach Millovan Rijevac.They include Dominic Adiyia, Ransford Osei, Andre Dede Ayew the captain of the satellite team, the ever dependable Agyemang Badu and Mensah Jonathan among others.

Meanwhile, Samuel Bartels a sports presenter and analyst said during an interview with the voices of Africa reporter that Sulley Muntari is a good player and it is not worth destroying the player's reputation as the case seems to be. He could be coming back to play for Ghana any time in future hence the need to build a good relationship with him. Samuel Bartels added that for a country as hungry for success as Ghana, the coach knows the risk and responsibilities at stake and has the confidence to deliver.

You have lost a world class player but you don't need eleven world class players to excell in a tournament. Bartels cited an example of the qualifiying matches Ghana played wth Sudan that Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari were absent yet Ghana won comfortably, perhaps the coach had this at the back of his mind before taking those decisions. He concluded that the coach should be alloewd to do his job and that the end will justify the mean.

Isaac Bothway, a football fan was with the view that we have had enough of the misbehaviour of the so called senior players younger players should be given the chance to proof their worth.


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