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2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Michael Essien declares support for sacked team-mate Sulley Muntari

Published on: 28 June 2014
Michael Essien has broken his silence on the Boateng and Essien sacking

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has given his full support to Sulley Muntari after his AC Milan team-mate was thrown out of the Black Stars camp at the 2014 World Cup for 'unprovoked physical attack' on Ghana FA executive at the tournament in Brazil.

In his first comment since the dismissal of Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng for different disciplinary issues, Essien seemed to blame the Ghana FA for the dismissal of Muntari.

The AC Milan star, who played a bit-part role for Ghana at the World Cup, gave a brief reaction to numerous questions and appeals asking him to advice Boateng and Muntari over their reported indiscipline in the Black Stars camp and rather defended the actions of the duo.

"@acheamponglilian advice your so call FA not Sulley," the ex-Chelsea star replied to an Instagram comment when asked to advice his friend Muntari over the attack on Armah, the owner of one of Ghana's leading clubs.

Muntari is reported in the Ghanaian media to have launched a fisted attack on Ghana FA member Moses Armah during a meeting before chasing him up in his hotel room for further attacks resulting in his dismissal.

The action has drawn worldwide condemnation for the AC Milan star who has been sacked from Ghana camps on several occasions over disciplinary issues.

Simmering tensions surfaced in Ghana's camp over unpaid World Cup appearance fees during a meeting in which Muntari launched an unprovoked attack on the Black Stars Management Committee member Moses Armah just before Ghana's last game of the tournament in Brasilia.

Boateng, who had a disappointing campaign at this year's finals, was also thrown out of Ghana's camp following a 'stinking' verbal abuse on Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah - reports in the Ghana media say.

Essien posted a picture of himself and team-mates Wakaso Mubarak and Sulley Muntari and his reaction is highlighted

The altercation, which the Schalke 04 star denies, led to his dismissal as he used the F-word on the soft-spoken coach.

Essien, who played just one game at Ghana's World Cup campaign, has received praise for his conduct in the Ghana camp as he had remained calm and collected through the confusing times.

But his show of support for the duo is expected to change opinions.

Moments after Muntari's dismissal from the team's camp, he quickly focused his attention on AC Milan where he has signed a new one-year contract extension.

Ghana's Youth and Sports Minister who was at the team's camp in Brazil and his deputy have been dismissed by the Ghanaian President.


This article has 24 comment(s), give your comment
  • access says:
    June 28, 2014 05:53 pm
    Thanks for the insight ....They will pay for it....AA can never handle Ghana black stars.They are using Ghana black stars to enrich them self...Kwasia Nyantatkyi must resign or be killed,,,He betray Ghana....
  • AkosuaGhana says:
    June 28, 2014 05:01 pm
    Assemblyman...I have been following your revelations with interest and thank you for your input. Although I have never posted on a Ghanaian website I feel compelled to do so now. Fellow Ghanaians, at home and abroad, it is time to WAKE UP!!! Our beloved nation is being run aground by corrupt and incompetent "leaders" steeped in cronyisn and nepotism. I am in the US and plan do do my part to end this nonsense. Ghana is now the laughingstock of the world where previously most Americans who know next to nothing about Africa knew about Ghana because we had beaten then in the 2 previous world cups. This is a call to arms for us all to do what we can and use whatever talents we have to elect VISIONARY leaders who have Ghana's and Ghanaians' best interests at heart. If you live/are in Ghana I just read on the Modern Ghana website that Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance will be at Flagstaff House on July 1st @ 6 am to protest the incompetence of so-called leaders. Show up in your numbers to show that we will NO LONGER remain a passive peopleh and mean business!
  • access says:
    June 28, 2014 05:43 pm
    I agree with you Kwasia Appiah and Kwasia Nyantatakyi must go Kwasia Appiah is just like Milo.....The man who won world cup under twenty for Africa should be Ghana coach.How can you play Ghana creative player on defence?....Kwasia aa and nyantakyi must go...
  • Sizzle says:
    June 28, 2014 07:33 am
    Ghana needs a revolution starting with mahama
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 28, 2014 07:52 am
    Who says not telling you the truth from Brazil
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 28, 2014 07:52 am
    Who says am not telling you the truth from Brazil
  • justicekwofie says:
    June 28, 2014 07:59 am
    a very good decision by our president.that shows he is for all.
  • Schywee says:
    June 28, 2014 08:09 am
    Assemblyman...most people here are so vulnerable to the GFA propaganda wonder they use this tactics so much because we fall for it. I still say more is coming out...have you seen how vocal GFA has been on this...blaming everyone but the FA?, why will the president reassign if the players were at fault. People just can think for themselves...they prefer think for me...there is so much that GFA is hiding from fans with AA or Kwasi Nyantekyi's fake tears. I for one will not be swayed. Muntari's played for Portsmouth who struggled to pay players, KPB played for same team..why didn't we hear them fighting there? Simple...because they were not being lied to or used by officials there to make money. I am sad this happened to GH at such a worldly event but we must face this GFA currupt machinery once and for all. The President has done his part...let the fans call for Nyantekyi and AA to leave. Thank them for the good 13 yrs and ask them to step down
  • Onyx says:
    June 28, 2014 08:39 am
    Seriously, Kwesi Nyantakyi is a crook, and must be fired. Kwesi appiah is not a coach, dude cant read games When the going gets tough, upon all these attachments at man city, he os still clueless, he is the Main reason we are coming Home and poor management, How on earth can a whole nation take 70 officials to a tourney, Seriously ridiculous. The entire management must be dissolved and the likes of Abedi Pele and Sammy kuffuor should take over.
  • Onyx says:
    June 28, 2014 08:48 am
    Kwesi Appiah, you are a shame to Ghana and Africa, dude is not a coach, you had all these talents in camp and could not map a strategy to outwit your opponents, How many times do u have to change goal keepers, kwarasey was doing great, Why would you change him for Dauda. He is fired.
  • samedge says:
    June 28, 2014 09:23 am
    The total length of a frog is seen immediately after death.
  • katongo brazil says:
    June 28, 2014 09:31 am
    bunch of losers.We saw it coming.ghanaian players are just too talkative.talent comes with discipline.povert striken players.ghana is a big let down to africa.BLACKSTARS OF LOSERS INDEED! zambia could have done better
  • The greatest says:
    June 28, 2014 10:22 am
    Kwai appliances has done nothing President has stupidly thrown bandage on the sore. He should sack stupid. Afiriyie Ankra and Yamin out of the government. Tell Yamin he is coming to Ashanti Region. He should. Watch his mouth and back if he wants to live. We shall deal with him if he insults the only productive Region in Ghana.
  • The greatest says:
    June 28, 2014 10:25 am
    Pepe Mahama must go too. He approved the number of officials to travel.
  • PITO says:
    June 28, 2014 10:53 am
    RIDDDLE RIDDLE,, RIDDLE : You have a bunch of university students, you bring a primary 3 class teacher to teach them. What happens next?
  • maubs says:
    June 28, 2014 11:02 am
    good thing heads have begun to roll over what has turned out to be nothing short of an embarrassment by Ghana at Brazil 2014. It all started with the sacking of the previous manager with an AFCON coming up. Even if it was warranted you thought we will go for a manager better than what we had but then we go for a manager mentored by who we say is no good. There is a canker at the heart of the FA and Ghana football. The Bucks should not stop with just the two of them. AA talks about building team. You build at a lower level and consolidate once it is built so then Appiah must be given a position to do his building and once he builds a real person with real know how can do the job of taking us forward. Once upon a time national team managers' job often went to people with up to 20 years experience managing and successfully too club sides.cue Arragones, Italian Coaches, Brazilian coaches etc. The only instance where a youngish man manages a national team to me occurs where the person in question has had a distinguished football career under some very very good long term experienced successful coaches. On this score the once who appointed the wrong person and the wrong persons must all go. as for AA may be a role where he can build will be ok having had the experience he has had -great opportunity that he has realy really boobed at.
  • maubs says:
    June 28, 2014 11:13 am
    in meant once he builds then the real man must consolidate and tun them into a winning force which is what is required at the senior level. I support Essien, Sulley and KPB. They probabaly thought that given their age and as seniors they had to finally help put a stop to this so called ghana big men behaving badly even it meant sacrificing their national team call up. What nonsense that morning before important game a team has a meeting where an official who is not part of the tactical or strategy team to do with the particular game is present, talks and even get into a fight with a player. As a sportsman i thought the last few hours before a boxer fights, an athlerte takes to the track, a football team takes to the pitch is one of prayer, reasoning and rest not raucous apketeshie meetings. AA, must be demoted, some old old farts at FA must all go as for Nyantakyi who once claimed that no one is in any position to take him on as yet i beg some one refer him to that quote and ask him if he still thinks same right now after the debacle he has presided over as a chop chop man?
  • Kojo says:
    June 28, 2014 11:32 am
    The truth is coming out out, it is failure of leadership at higher levels - stop blaming players - - appearance fees for players is normal and, eventually paid by FIFA. Corrupt Africa FAs are not trusted by players because of past behavior. This is really at the heart and cause of the failure. Kwesi Appiah was out of his depth - - not really cut out for coaching Black Stars with the quality of players that we have. Based upon his performance at AFCON 2013, I could have predicted this outcome. He should be quickly removed and high calibre coach recruited. Nyantakyi as overall head of GFA should accept responsibility for failure and resign Go Black Stars
  • Abrantie-In Da House says:
    June 28, 2014 12:02 pm
    You fools sometimes make daf too much!! No one supports what happened in Brazil but some of you guys are as arrogant as the GFA itself. Well, where is the Nyantakyie coming from at all? "We shall deal with him if he insults the only productive Region in Ghana". What do you produce? Have compared your contributions to the nation to that of other regions or you are just blowing your horns like we know of you people? Before you even speak, I want you to know am from the western region. Come again fool !!
  • askantwi says:
    June 28, 2014 12:41 pm
    Now Akwasi Appiah has realize his own foolishness, trying so hard to include Essien and Prince Boateng into the World Cup squad. They were the single bad nut that contaminates the whole lot. These two did not deserve a call up at all. Now they are $100,000.00 richer for engineering Ghana's demise. I had always been a staunch defender of Akwasi Appiah, but I realize that he doesn't have the balls to make wiser and firm decisions. Even playing Kwadwo Asamoah at left back is like shooting oneself on the foot. Could Argentina or Brazil survive by playing Messi or Neymar in defense? That was such an idiotic move he copied from Conte.
  • Papadinho says:
    June 28, 2014 01:42 pm
    Kelvin: There are a lot of issues revolving this team which Ghanaians dont know so they say what they feel like. They are all corrupt and they always want ti make money from us without working for it. I know i may not be called into the team again but im highly elated dat i belong to anti corrupt group in the team ( Sulley, Dede Ayew, Jordan Ayew ,Kwarasey, Kwadwo Asamoah, Essien n myself) It is very insane for John boye n Gyan to tell the Manager to drop Kwarasey for Dauda just 45min before the match, all because he cant speak the local language to command the central defence. Im very dissapointed in the manager and the entire staff. What is the use of so many GFA officials here. We are very sorry to Ghanaians for what happened but we were pissed, for they were using us as their "cash cow" to dube the nation. How can players dictate to the manager. So i asked, what is the role of the so-called technical bench? #copied#
  • Greg says:
    June 28, 2014 02:32 pm
    Stop attacking d coach.his first attempt.i know he will improve soon.if you were giving this job what will you have done?
  • abdulai abdul wadudu says:
    June 28, 2014 03:46 pm
    you don do goodting
  • Michael Odongo says:
    June 28, 2014 09:13 pm
    Stupid Ghanaian! What we saw was indiscipline in your team. The world is not going to blame your coach. When a son rebels against parents, the parents behavior that preceded such events will not be as highlighted as the child's indiscipline. You sent a team of soldiers not nursery ballet dancers who need a meal and comfort every thirty minutes. If soldiers behave rebelliously towards their captain no-matter how unfair, who will stay at the front-line to defend the sovereignty of a nation.