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2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana sports minister Afriyie Ankrah regrets championing Kevin-Prince Boateng return to Black Stars

Published on: 07 July 2014
Elvis Afriyie Ankrah (left) chill in Brazil

Ex-Ghana sports minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says he regrets playing a key role in facilitating the return of Kevin-Prince Boateng to the Black Stars.

The Schalke ace has been slapped with an indefinite suspension following an altercation with head trainer Kwesi Appiah during the country’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old only staged a return to the team in August last year after a two-year absence.

The country’s sports minister played a leading role in convincing the former AC Milan star to return to the team but Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says he regrets his actions.

“With the benefit of hind sight, I think that we could have done without people like that (Kevin Prince Boateng) and I am being very frank,” he said on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana.

“This is a team that I have been with throughout the qualifiers and there was always harmony, there was always unity, we had our differences but we would negotiate.

“And mind you, he (Kevin Prince Boateng) has a different cultural orientation. Most of the guys were cultural based so there’s a way with which we relate to them.

“I am told that at one training session, there was an incident between Kevin (Prince Boateng) and the Coach (Kwasi Appiah) and the general behaviour and demeanour was not acceptable.”

Ghana’s campaign was rocked by player agitation and indiscipline which caused the country’s early exit from the tournament.

Do you think it was right to beg Kevin-Prince Boateng to return to the Black Stars? Make your views known in the box below


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  • Thegreatest says:
    July 07, 2014 05:11 pm
    Today, something interesting happened on Kesseben FM when a host asked a "Journalist" who was in Brazil and defending fraud and corrupt Black Star Management the price of coconut in Brazil, he could not tell but dodged the question by showing the team pictures and describing how the coconuts are prepared for customers. He thinks he smart. Shame Kesseben sports crew.
  • gazzy says:
    July 10, 2014 12:42 am
    I don't Understand why all this minister politicians are blaming the players.why can't blame themselves for having their girls friends at Brazil spending the country money . what all those 23 politician doing in Brazil? why their are getting pay while doing doing nothing apart of being a gegalous and having sex all over with the prostitute hangings in the hotel paying $500.00 for blowjow they always hate those who tell the truth exposing their ass ,the players supposed to be treated right dignity and respect. What happened to all the money they made. Just qualified to the world cup. Can anyone account for the money . monkey they work bamboo dey cup.why why. And again you talking about culture difference. How stupid are you. You must apologizes for making such horifice statement. No one is no one slave.
  • Benny says:
    July 07, 2014 11:46 am
    So this fool was a cabinet minister.Oh dear God. Yes you regret KPB return because he exposed the rot .You put a classless and clueless ex footballer to manage players who have been under the tutelage of top notch coach and expect them to lick his ass? I am told,by who ? May God help Ghana because the level of ignorant is gargantuan without measure. KPB will play for Ghana again,you can take it or lamp it. Nyantakyi took his wife and children in bussiness class paid by the tax payer,Afriyie Ankra changing women like UK weather 10x a day and expect what behaviour from KPB ? You guys started the indiscipline .Shut up fool because nobody is taking notice.
  • Tanko says:
    July 07, 2014 11:53 am
    What does this moron calling himsel minister is trying to say? Boateng is equally cultured as you and your children! Remember his father is Ghanaian too. For you to say he's different cultured would be an insult to his father. Just as you strange culture wise so does he sees you. The world is not as closed as most of you think it is. Leave the players alone and concentrate how you have failed in prepping for Brazil. The question is not what happened in Brazil but what was the cause of it. Your ill preparation has caused the whole country it's image and, instead of you being objective and finding ways to stop the mess you have caused, you're now trying scapegoating. That ain gon work. Man up and take ownership of your creation ( the mess Ghana found itself in Brazil ) moron. Call people all you want but remember the mess you caused first. Nonsensical iffussions
  • chris opoku says:
    July 07, 2014 11:59 am
    Bcos he is the only one can exspose your dirty games
  • andy hama says:
    July 07, 2014 12:07 pm
    Look at his ugly large face,a total disgrace of a minister,whose sole intent was to cash in,during the tournament in Brazil. This moron only went there with the intention of making monies,a shame. Turned himself and brother into travelling agents,to rob poor ghanaians. KPB ,is above you in all things and won't accept mediocrity,that's why he is being turned to public enemy No.1 .Kalabule fool!!!
  • Alex says:
    July 07, 2014 12:15 pm
    You old man without brains go to hell idiot kelvin will come back ghana doesn't belongs to you and your mess corupt leaders anymore. Go top heel
  • A concerned citizen says:
    July 07, 2014 12:15 pm
    Don't shift blame to KPB but rather coach Appiah's abysmal performance and your poor management
  • Big mouth says:
    July 07, 2014 12:21 pm
    Please fellow comrades, let’s start organizing ourselves to kick against this greedy bastards. Kwasi Appiah will never succeed as a coach of our dear Black Stars and Nyantekyi we must force to resign. The boss goes, his coach too will go.
  • Kaz says:
    July 07, 2014 01:02 pm
    Please... kick all these guys out. they argue like babies, and only care about their personal fame and pockets. what a disgrace! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU GUYS FOR DELIVERING SUCH A BAD WORLD CUP!
  • JAY TEE says:
    July 07, 2014 02:10 pm
  • sam says:
    July 07, 2014 02:28 pm
    Repent mr minister, KPB did nothing he only exposed you.
  • selfmade says:
    July 07, 2014 03:01 pm
    Did I hear this minister talking about cultural orientation? This man has no shameful at all and his statement clearly exposes him as been incompetent and not up to the task as a minister in any capacity! How can he make such an infantile statement and this tells me that this man is IMMATURE and he is gov simply because of political favoritism! By the way, can he explain to us the meaning of DIFFERENT CULTURAL ORIENTATION? What is the meaning of that? So this minister is trying to tell us that some people are more Ghanaian other others? Kwarasey wasn't born in Ghana and has diff cultural orientation too but did he misbehave in camp? Dede ayew was born in France and has spent most of his life over there and he has a diff orientation too, is he not a Ghanaian right? Jordan ayew is not a Ghanaian too by his SHALLOW DEFINITION! This man is ridiculous and is clear now to me that he sees the world this RACIAL AND TRIBAL LINES and that epitomize what pertains in his gov! He is HARDCORE TRIBALIST and RACIST too and these kojd of guys are not only dangerous but cannot operate any responsible entity as he ll only select people from his tribal or racial line! Most national team now has biracial players in their squad and has no encounter the problems we had in Brazil and instead of this man to shameful apologize to us, he is as usual speaking gibberish! The problem is from u and u better accept it! All Ghanaians knows that u went to Brazil to be a begging slut to whores! We have never has this issue before in our WC appearances because the former ministers are not greedy and more SMARTER THAN U! Did I really heard this guy talking about cultural orientation? God should have mercy on this immature,morally corrupted man! This is a very shameful man who needs to be prosecuted! Does this man has any cultural orientation? Wasnt this man who MOCKED THE MELCOM VICTIMS right in the heat of the disaster? How can a culturally astute man mocked the death when more victims were trapped and dying? How can a culturally ghanaian,uses national disaster to do DIRTY POLITICS all for his selfish and greedy gains and benefits? This man has no fear of god in him and he wasn't PERHAPS BRPUGHT UP WELL! I want everyone to mark this down that he ll cause the same ripples in his new ministerial position because this guy is incompetent, immature, divisive and a criminal and a very morally and physically corrupt guy!
  • Bismark says:
    July 07, 2014 03:20 pm
    When I hear this story of KPB , I get angry. I know if Derrick Boateng was in camp,he would beat this KPB one time just like he disciplined muntari in 2010
  • Bismark says:
    July 07, 2014 03:21 pm
    When I hear this story of KPB , I get angry. I know if Derrick Boateng was in camp,he would beat this KPB one time just like how he disciplined muntari in 2010
  • paul says:
    July 07, 2014 06:33 pm
    I don't think he's worthy than any other player in ghana there's good local players we should give them a chance than base only on professionals
  • Richard says:
    July 07, 2014 06:58 pm
    It grief me to hear you saying ex- minister greedy bastar.How can people like you lead a nation to success.stupid you call yourself aex minister? I wander how get that position stupip fool
  • Milky says:
    July 07, 2014 07:13 pm
    I have been saying this here over and over again - this is what happens when you leave my fellow black man in the helm of affairs!!! Nepotism and corruption. It wouldn't even be bad if the person being hired into a governmental position is competent. Look all around Africa and you will see how our continent is run by lots of selfish and incompetent leaders!! All the good and smart Africans have left and are serving in countries where they will be respected for their worth and can pitch their ideas without being told - shut up you cant talk to your elders like that or you have disrespected your leaders hence let make you look bad infront of everyone or my favorite one - DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM, I OWN SO MAY PROPERTIES INCLUDING HOTELS AND MANSIONS AROUND TOWN! Then some of our leaders speak of brain drain - tweaaaaahhhhh, they cant stand and the truth and facts from the brains!! I will never encourage anyone to do foreigner to do anything in Ghana. Now they treat Prince as he is second class Ghanaian!! Until all this so call leaders get out of office, we are all fucked!!!!
  • nicotee says:
    July 07, 2014 10:15 pm
    Is this way of thinking and dealing with issues in the country, that is why our beloved country is suffering. You can't even sit down and think through this whole thing and come up with your own opinion? but rather you belief this lie been put out there by this incompetent management team that we have at our GFA and our Black Stars. Akwesi Appiah failed in cup of nations and we blame who the Ayews and now we are blaming who, KPB, Sulley Muntari, for this failure?. At what point are going to demand better accountability from Akwesi Appiah's incometence and stop blaming some other people. When other coaches failed at the world cup they respectfully resign from their post, but not this on. Always blaming somebody but himself. Thank you.
  • ben says:
    July 07, 2014 10:33 pm
    Mr minister u have said nothing to us. you can go to hell or jump into the middle of the atlantic ocean for all we care. oneday kelvin wil be the captain of blackstars and our future coach and sport minister idiot.
  • Boro says:
    July 08, 2014 01:32 am
    Then it serves you right to be sacked. When we advised against the inclusion of those players in the squad this was exactly what we saw happening. However, God in his own wisdom has used the very player you brought into the team to betray you. Isn't this divine intervention?. The almighty used this opportunity to stop you from further stealing from the poor tax payer. You should have been sacked and rendered jobless like victoria hammah. Maybe the president brought you closer so that you can render full account of whatever you have managed to milk from the state so far for sharing. The new minister too is not any better if not worse. He is alleged to have diverted tractors meant for farmers in the three northern regions to himself. Create, loot and share continues, Ghana suffers, forumites complain and insult but no change.
  • theobanks says:
    July 08, 2014 04:23 am
    See his face! Haha! This minister needs a NEW BARBER because his old barber has been given him TAPIA JOE HAIRCUT which makes him look very scary! Haha! He was moving to and fro in Brazil with this TAPIA JOE HAIRCUT? OMG! Only Ghana! In Ghana, any FOOL SOLDIER can become a minister and this fool soldier is now a minister too! LIL WIN IS MORE PRETTIER AMONG THE TWO! Haha
  • African Consciousness says:
    July 08, 2014 04:52 am
    You guys beg the guy to return to the Black Stars then you bench him for the beginning of the first game and the second game he is started at striker position instead of his preferred holding midfield position. What do you expect if the player rebels because he has lost confidence in the Coach.
  • kofi owusu kontoh says:
    July 08, 2014 11:36 am
    the minister should blame the technical team n shouldnt regret because its the coach who is to select the disciplined n those fit to be in the squad live PKB alone