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'Kick out Essien, Muntari, Kevin from the Black Stars' - ex-Ghana FA chied Koufie

Published on: 11 July 2014
Ben Koufie wants the trio out of the Black Stars

One-time GFA chairman and a former Black Stars coach, Ben Koufie, has indirectly suggested to the Black Stars trainer Kwasi Appiah to slam the door on Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari — and concentrate on building a formidable team out of the young talents at his disposal.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday, the forthright FIFA instructor simply termed the behaviour of the so-called ‘gang of three’ during the Stars Brazil 2014 World Cup campaign as “appalling.”

“What they did was appalling. They carried things too far and I would not have tolerated it at all.”

“If I were the coach, I would definitely forget about them,” he stated unequivocably.

Mr Koufie, who currently chairs the GFA technical committee, hinted that he and his colleagues would meet next Wednesday to discuss Kwasi Appiah’s technical report and make the necessary recommendations to the FA.

In a stuttering tone, Mr Koufie wondered how on earth could Boateng verbally abuse the Stars coach as if he was his co-equal.

“Players are not supposed to think they are better than the coach. The shouldn’t forget the coach who is in charge of the team has also played before,” he cautioned.

He equally expressed disappointment at the manner in which a senior player such as Essien failed to warm up with his teammates ahead of the Portugal match.

“I don’t understand why Essien refused to warm up. In that case, why did he go to Brazil? he questioned.

“As for Muntari, I don’t know what came over him to do what he did,” the former FA boss said in apparent reference to the AC Milan midfielder’s altercation with Management Committee member, Moses Armah (aka Mospacka).

The octogenarian also thought that the Stars Management Committee, headed by Kwesi Nyantakyi, could have handled issues better than they did to save the nation from such embarrassment.

“I think the management committee wasn’t up to date with issues. Something obviously went missing.

He, however, gave the FA thumbs up for retaining Kwasi Appiah as the head of the senior national following his impressive performances from the qualifiers to date.

Mr Koufie referred to the spectacular manner in which Kwasi Appiah qualified the team to the World Cup, as well as the quality football displayed by the Stars in their first two Group G matches against USA and Germany as enough grounds to warrant his stay on the job.

He described the Stars as a young team which needs to be kept under the same coach to ensure stability and building of a formidable side in future.

Source: Graphic Sports

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  • Black Prophet says:
    July 11, 2014 11:13 pm
    Fire burn division ,when you are pointing 1 finger at someone Mr big man remember that there is 4 fingers pointing back at you.Remember United we stand and divided we fall. Give what is for God to God And What Is For Human To Human,What Is For Black Star To Black Star. And the players have right to fight for what is for them. African leaders stay away from corruptions and teachers give us the right education. One black star and one Ghana and one Africa, Blessings.
  • Ballo Gbei says:
    July 12, 2014 01:32 am
    Listen to this old fool maskerading as technical director. This man has nothing good to offer except perphaps his dead mother should be woken from the dead to come play for the black stars
  • mma says:
    July 11, 2014 10:47 pm
    It isn't the players that lack discipline, it is the whole GFA! Ben Koufie has said all he has to say about some players but hasn't mentioned why the bonuses of the players wasn't paid to them at home. He is surely one of the indisciplined lot
  • Sterlingz says:
    July 11, 2014 11:20 am
    The right issues should be done than shutting the doors on the old guards. The question is,are the young ones going to be young forever....
  • lion-fire says:
    July 11, 2014 11:29 am
    And kicking them out for standing for the whole team. Remember the young ones in the team have a lot of respect for Essien and kicking them out is dangerous. It will backfire. They need to find a way to unite these guys back into the team. You can refuse to hand them call ups, do not, never kick them out. Bald headed Ben Koufie needs a slap or two himself
  • WILSON says:
    July 11, 2014 12:05 pm
    kick out all these coaches like uncle Ben, uncle afranie, uncle ADDAY, uncle OTI, uncle Appiah. Can somebody tell me which senior team both at club & national level any of the aforementioned coaches have handled to achieve an International laurel? Most of them handled over aged players @ under aged tournaments to achieve a seemingly success and then rode on that to assume ace status. Coaches which have handled SENIOR teams to international success are UNCLE OSAM, UNCLE SUNDAY, UNCLE HERBERT, UNCLE JABIR, UNCLE SIR CECIL.
  • WILSON says:
    July 11, 2014 12:09 pm
    there is a technical committee headed by uncle BEN; then there is a technical directorate headed by UNCLE OTI, then there is hidden something, quietly headed by uncle Adday, then uncle Afranie is also somewhere.
  • Louis says:
    July 11, 2014 12:14 pm
    Appiah is nt gud enough to handle de Black Stars. Bcos a gud coach ll nt drop Accam n take dat useless boy Adomah to world cup. All of dem must be Sack!! Konadu is far better dan Appiah. Who can tell mi de team Appiah has ever coach?? Frm de Sports minister through to de GFA president de and de entire Commitee must be dessolve. Tell Ben Koufie to shout up bcos he is just making noise. Simple n short .Appiah is a lucky coach n must be sack!!
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    July 11, 2014 12:18 pm
    "The octogenarian" has spoken and definitely the GFA would hide behind him for cover to cover up their own FAILURES AND CORRUPTION!!! The motto of FIFA is, try as much as possible to cover up the wrongs of fellow FAs till you are no more!You still hold on to a coach who is soooo deficient in tactical and management of football affairs and players and on top reward him for his gross failure and still can look in the mirror??? A coach and FA which was not able to control its players right from the qualification matches to the tournament itself should not be tolerated at all ; THEY SHOULD ALL GO!!! These "three" were also once upon a time young! Essien and Muntari have played thru the varuious teams till now! Most of the time they have held their mouth till they couldn't stomach the gross incompetence of both the technical team and the accompanying FA management team! If the other players followed them, then it was becos they also realized that things were not being done right by the FA management and their numerous "per fdiem" accomplices! What a big shame to put the blame at the doorsteps of players who were no more prepared to be pushed around and cheated! THE WHOLE GFA MUST BE DISSOLVED AND REORGANIZED WITH PATROITIC MEMBERS AND NOT WITH THE GREEDY NEPOTIC AND CORRUPT "MAFIA" PEOPLE!!!
  • A concerned citizen...222222 says:
    July 11, 2014 12:23 pm
    You old man Koufie has lost his bearings...remove the peck from your eyes first before you remove others. Clean up GFA and get rid and get rid of "try and error" coach AA. Do you think without the inclusion of Essien, Muntari, and others we could have beaten Egypt to qualify for the World cup? Muntari scored and Essien created a goal...Do you think average players can beat Egypt?. This is the time to heal, forgive, love and bring about unity so bring a new coach.....Don't divide...
  • awass says:
    July 11, 2014 12:24 pm
    hav ghanaians 4gotten diz man.....he was d fa capo wen d blackstars played it soft against nigeria in d build up to d 2002 wc after been given a package by d state governor in whose territory d game was played...he started all d corruption @ d fa
  • awass says:
    July 11, 2014 12:25 pm
    plz fellow ghanaians kindly cast ur mind back.....n u wil c how corrupt diz ben koufie is
  • Rasheed says:
    July 11, 2014 12:36 pm
    I am sure Uncle Ben is on the payroll of wimpy and clueless Appiah.Records are important,grandpa.A coach goes to AFCON and flops,he goes to the world cup and comes back without winning a match.Whiles the previous coaches go beyond first round in the world cup.This are the facts that will remain as history,and not how they played sir.
  • Benny says:
    July 11, 2014 12:52 pm
    Shouldn't Ben cofie be in his village telling his grand children ananse stories? He is brain has turned into reversal mode. One sided judgement.Has he find out why Essien,KPB and Muntary did what they being accused of doing? GFA president on video negotiating to fix matches,AA taking Adomah who no business in the World Cup.Shortie Nyantakyi with his family in bussiness class,five star hotel whilst KPB was given a room which leaks. You put clueless coach in charge of budding talents and expect them to respect him? Respect is earned,AA has not earned it ,he is rubbish,could not play outside Ghana ended up doing security job at Clapham common. Give us a break old man.
  • eminem says:
    July 11, 2014 01:37 pm
    They should sack them all They are too stubborn
  • jackal says:
    July 11, 2014 02:16 pm
    Essien, Muntari and KPB have each done more for Ghana soccer than Ben Koufie or the entire current GFA, BS management committee and coach Appiah combined. They only stood up for the rest of the players and ALL Ghanaians for that matter against the gross incompetence and corruption they saw around the team. Whether they ever come back to play for the BS besed on form and age is one thing but we salute them as real heros of Ghana!!! Essien and Muntari, since their youth days, were key in finally elevating the BS to global prominence. KPB enhanced that prominence when he chose the play for Ghana instead of Germany in 2010. Respect is earned, and indeed incompetent coach Appiah and corrupt GFA have no shame and do NOT deserve anyones respect including the players. Even better coaches and management have resigned following lower than expected RESULTS at the ongoing WC2014. If they had any respect for themselves and Ghana, they should have voluntarily resigned by now!!!
  • kross says:
    July 11, 2014 03:01 pm
    AA will become a good coach if he start coaching a local team where he will gain all d lacking abilities.!!! He z nt good 4 SENIOR players !!!....n that should be a it!!!.... Selas tetteh , Konadu are good 4 d job as head coaches 4 d senior players .....dis old man ??? Tweeeaaa
  • NII-BI says:
    July 11, 2014 04:00 pm
    Sometimes it really irritate me so much when i hear these our so call leaders speaking like infancy! How can somebody like Ben Kofie speaks like this!!! No wonder out country it is the way it is now. GSN, pls there certain issues you guys should not bring here at all. It sound as if you are also like them.
  • JAY TEE says:
    July 11, 2014 04:03 pm
    envy go kill you Ghanaians
  • JAY TEE says:
    July 11, 2014 04:19 pm
    this man is crazy
  • lovely says:
    July 11, 2014 04:57 pm
    Old fool!
  • OGYA says:
    July 11, 2014 04:59 pm
    You stupid idiot from Cape Coast Ben Koufie shut the "F" up. Had your chance and never considered your hometown boy Kuuku Dadzie to even coach the national team. I rather have KUUKU Dadzie get a chance to coach the Black Stars some day. He is a student of the Game and a tactitian.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 11, 2014 06:21 pm
    I Nana Adwoa Twekese have always accused some Ghanaian men both old and young as stupid, lacking critical thinking and always acting like babies. What Mr. Ben Coffie is displaying is a typical example of what I have being saying since the beginning of the world cup preparation till date. Now, about 99% of the comments here are from Ghanaian men and what is the common theme " fire the coach, fire Gfa, bring the "big 3 back" and a lot of insults". First, all stupid men here have to realised that Essien, Muntari and KPB are at the end of their career's. Although, the most sensible men here can argue that what i'm saying depends on their season with their various clubs. But if you're a woman soccer savvy like me than, you have to consider building a team for the next world cup and Essien, KPB and Muntari shouldn't be part of that plans. Keep them around though for matches against Zambia, congo and Burkina-faso. Ghana man and insults. They're ready to pounds but common sense dictates that " in soccer the age of the player, the freguency of injuries, his club and current worth partially determines where he plays and for which team". KPB, Essien, and Muntari are not going to feature in any coaches plans 100% because they not reliable. Stupid Ghana man after reading this will still ask the me why. They are injury prone you moron. If you expect Milan and Schalke to build their teams around these guys or allowed them to play 60mins in each match than consider your stupidity top of the line. After our two matches with Egypt; I wrote on this site that our Coach AA is tactically bankrupt, the entire technical bench is bankrupt. I said this in comparison to the US Men team(usmnt), where Berti vogts was their chief technical advisor and Klinsman is the coach. These two men have experienced it all since 94' world cup, 96' european cup, 98 world cup, 2000' European cup and 2002 worldcup etc. Now, AA has his technical advisors the stupid old boys rooting for AA; Ben koufie, Sam Addy, Oti Akenten and the almight corrupt Afranie. Can one stupid Ghana man tell me one single Achiement of these old boys besides the youth tournaments? please. A lot of you guys decended on me with insults when I said this, now you all see how stupid men you're especially FOOLISH MAN BENITO. Stupid Ghana man think. As long as these old boys mention above are around the G(FA) and corrupt Nyantekyi is the president get it in your head you morons AA and Maxell Konadu are not moving an inch from the black stars technical area. Nyantekye and the old boys find AA easy to push around, why do you think guys like Jordan Ayew, Rabiu, Adoma, Nkoom etc find their way to the BS camp while competent injury free and potent players like Richmond Boakye, Schllup etc were drop. Ghana man never cease to amazed me with his constant stupidity. Etwe and insults are Ghana man bedrock, Gyimi.
  • KGB, Zürich says:
    July 11, 2014 07:45 pm
    This man Ben Koufie is not reasonable. What dös he mean. Should we allow this corrupt and disgruntled FA Men and the incompetent technical staff ruin Ghana football and siphon and steal the Money from the Players? This man thinks he has the final say in Ghana Football that the whole Ghanaian citizenry? Kwass Appiah cannot bring Ghana anywhere. The contract is a Bonus between him and the FA cronies. Ben Koufie, your ideas are now those of the Stone age Football. Go away.
  • Boro says:
    July 11, 2014 07:59 pm
    Oh i am really surprised the way most of the forumites are insulting the old man Ben Koufie for speaking the truth. I am even thinking he call has come rather too late because i even knew this before AA named his squad. Some of us called for the exclusion from the squad before we even left for Holland. All the indications shows that those three were simply a pack of dynamite waiting to explode. The signs were wriiten all over the walls. Those excuses to be with team late. Those who care to know should be told that Ghana football was rescued by this old man we are now insulting when all hopes for Ghana soccer was lost. When we used to use over thirty years to plays for our youth teams it was this man's youth program that came to cure that system by gradully maintaining group of youth players through the ranks. It was during his tenure that we we had the Essien, the Muntari's etc and that policy has continued to date. Although old , he knows what he is talking anout.Are these comments coming as a result of youthful exuberant or what? Some of these type brilliant advice comes with age. As youth we always rush to make decisions only to realise later that we are wrong afterall. Is that what we want. No wonder when we were killing our generals Nigeria told us they are not fools to kill their generals. We must be careful the way we demonise our experienced brains and the elderly! Food for thoughts!
  • I dansso says:
    July 11, 2014 09:29 pm
    Shame, I felt so bad for the players, so bad. If you own a business you can not blame your workers for the failure of your business other wise the business will continue to fail. The same to managing a football team any failure have to come from the top. Adam Kwarasey is one of the Best goal keepers. I watch Ghana vs Brazil one time he surprised me that we have search a goal keeper. Ghanaians at the stadium were proud of him that day. Only in Ghana you can be beach warmer and still become number one goal keeper. This officials do not understand the freedom of no pressure. They should find a good psychologist who can keep peace at camp. A good goal keeper trainer who do not favour anyone , big and strong defender who are smart to think on their own. Midfielders who can fed strikers and can move forward intelligently without giving away the midfield. Teach the players how to communicate with each other on the field. Players who listens to the coach . A goal keeper is as good as his defenders one that control those defenders. Stop blaming the players and lets face the fact . The officials are criminal the whole ministry of sports has to be overhaul. Things has to change for it to get better. Africans thrust white coach than they do to our own kind of coach. Kelvin Prince Boaten, and sulley Muntary are not our problem. There was a problem at the camp and no one want to deal with it. Start from the top and correct the problem . Look at the example of Brazilian team, the coach took all the well known players of the team so Brazilian team looks weak to any opponent . If you have bad teenagers at home don't blame the teenagers blame the parents.