2014 World Cup: Time for fringe players to step up to the plate in Sulley Muntari's absence

Afriyie Acquah could make his World Cup debut in Muntari's absence against Portugal

Afriyie Acquah could make his World Cup debut in Muntari’s absence against Portugal

Ghana’s assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has charged the other players to step up to make a name for themselves in the absence of influential midfielder Sulley Muntari for the must-win game against Portugal on Thursday.

The AC Milan star is suspended for the final Group G clash of the 2014 World Cup after receiving his second booking of the tournament in the thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany.

Muntari has been easily one of Ghana’s best players so far in the World Cup being staged in Brazil.

His solid mopping up duties and penetrating passes in the Ghanaian midfield has been exemplary but will now be missing for the crucial game against Portugal.

The 28-year-old’s suspension has seen the Black Stars technical team haggling to find a perfect replacement for the must-win game on Thursday in Brasilia.

Assistant coach Maxwell Konadu says it is time for the other fringe players to step up to the plate in Muntari’s absence.

“We will all miss Muntari because he has been doing very well for the team since the competition started,” he said.

“He is one of the main players we rely on but we have other good players as well.

“Since he is not playing, we need to encourage the other players who are training well and all that to step in.”

Ghana will advance to the next stage of the competition with a comprehensive win over Portugal while hoping Germany secure any kind of win against the USA in the other group game to be played simultaneously in Manaus.


  1. Dan says:

    According to you quote , Max made no reference to the word ‘fringe’ . None of the players should be considered as such. Thanks.

    • Papa Addo says:

      You are 100% right GSN knows this they just used the title to attract the readers like we don’t know someone has to step up for Sulley(coach mentioned it after germany match) and do the job.

  2. Dan says:

    None of the players should be considered as fringe. Thanks.

  3. African Consciousness says:

    Afriyie Acquah, Agyeman Badu or Michael Essien should be able to replace Muntari.

  4. Benito says:

    Before the yellow card sulley looked tired with his shorts sagging and committing fauls in dangerous positions and needed to be changed.The coach couldn’t change him because he might get mad,now we lost him.we all know what sulley can do in such crucial games.

  5. Crusader7 says:

    So much disrespect to Michael Essien

  6. jb says:

    Is Michael Essien not fit at all, what is going on AA and please pay the players before tomorrow

  7. poseidon (Athens) says:

    Agemang Badu is a perfect replacement to Sulley.

  8. john yalleh says:

    afriyie acquah straight up.Agyemen badu may give us an attacking threat and great tackling but may leave a gap between himself and rabiu which could cost us.
    Afriyie Acquah is the man

  9. Akwetey says:

    Probably Essien, but maybe AA will bring Asamoah into the midfield and start an extra defender

  10. anokwale says:

    We need youth, speed and experience. Have to go with Agyemang-Badu in this case.

  11. antell95 says:

    Nairaland is down, I’m back to these site

    Gaynaians beware!

    where are my Naija Broz??????

  12. isquared says:

    Kwadwo Asamoah should take up Muntari’s floating midfield role with Harrison Afful @ left fullback and Essien @ right fullback. Next best option to replace Muntari will be Afriyea Acquah. Essien does not have the pace and energy any more to be a box-to-box midfielder for 90mins! Agyemang Badu should come off the bench to replace Rabiu who is bound to be tired in the 2nd half after tracking and containing CR7.

  13. Goody says:

    @Antell95 I went there to and noticed that the nairaland site is down…Bokoharam hijack am abi?

    Congrats to your boys though,they deserve to be in the next stage

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