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I had to kneel and beg for Muntari not to be excluded from 2010 World Cup - Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi

Published on: 03 July 2014
Sulley Muntari

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed that he had to 'kneel and beg' to prevent Sulley Muntari from being thrown out of the Black Stars squad ahead of the 2010 World Cup finals because of indiscipline.

Nyantakyi says the decision to axe Muntari indefinitely is meant to stop the rot and indiscipline in the team as some of the players are failing to reform despite their softly-softly approach.

Muntari was sacked from camp hours before Ghana’s final Group G match against Portugal last Thursday in Brasilia for violent behaviour.

The AC Milan ace physically attacked Moses Armah, a Ghana Football Association official and member of the Black Stars Management Committee member without any provocation.

He has been handed an indefinite suspension by the Ghana FA and that has put his international career in serious doubt.

Nyantakyi has revealed that Muntari should have been sacked from Ghana’s camp prior to the 2010 World Cup finals in South but he had to intervene.

“In 2010, I was the one who knelt and begged the coach not to throw Sulley Muntari out of the camp on two occasions,” Nyantakyi said.

“The first one was in Milton Keynes and the second one in Sun City when he engaged in acts of indiscipline and Milovan Rajevac said he will not want to see him-I was the one who begged for him. Maybe if I had allowed him to be thrown out, this thing would not have happened.”

Muntari’s ill-discipline can be traced back to 2004 when he was sacked from Ghana’s U23 camp by then coach Mariano Barreto.



This article has 24 comment(s), give your comment
  • askantwi says:
    July 03, 2014 05:36 pm
    You are as fool as Selfmade. How could you condone such gross indiscipline from these idiots players?
  • Big mouth says:
    July 03, 2014 05:06 pm
    Great job bro @ Selfmade. You so smart!!!! I feel you,right spotted on.
  • Gada says:
    July 03, 2014 08:17 am
    And so what
  • benny says:
    July 03, 2014 08:26 am
    Shut up Nyantakyi ,nobody respect you any more.Muntary scored one of the finest goals in 2010,how about that. If you people can't torelate Muntary,how would you deal with Balotelli.You were beging Balotelli to play for Ghana. All Nyantakyi wants to do id paint Muntary as indiscipline player to wave pressure on him to resign.You and AA is getting the chop.Bribe takers. Talk about who authorised the payment of you and your family in business class and five star hotels Mr Nyantakyi.
  • Tanko says:
    July 03, 2014 08:31 am
    Mr Nyantakyi: we are 2014 and attention should not be divert from the subject matter! Yes, you should have let him go then. Now, you all keep saying Muntari violently hit whatever his name is "unprovoked" that wasn't unprovoked. Telling someone that " you're more gangster than him" is unprovoked? Muntari was wrong! But for sure Muntari was provoked. Armah has no business trying to fight Muntari.... If anything at all he supposed to manage him and unfortunately, Armah has no managerial skills hence he provoked Muntari and the story at the end is: birds of the feathers flocks together. Muntari taught Armah a lasting lesson in managerial skills. Tomorrow Armah would know best how to talk to a real gangster. And you Nyantakyi: don't you ever let anyone guilty of any crime whatsoever to get away with any crime. As a lawyer you should have known better. However, your action of saving Muntari then was highly unprofessional and your action now is too. And for that matter, the die is cast and you must step down because you have failed and failed miserably. Bye!!!
  • b4world says:
    July 03, 2014 08:38 am
    so the employer knelt n begged the employee,black man knelling n begging white man that he employed,what a dick n a pussy,n a disgrace,this guy akwesi nyantakyi,has got no balls or self respect,he went n begged that mixed raced bastard kevin prince hitler,n look how that turned out,he showed total lack of respect 2 the whole gfa n coach,nyantakyi begged the serbian n look how he left his post,total disregard 2 the whole gfa n ghana as a whole,nyantakyi stays loosing,MUNTARI SHOULD HAVE SLAPPED THIS NYANTAKYI GUY FIRST.
  • Mumbi says:
    July 03, 2014 08:48 am
    Moses Armah is the right man for GFA president. He can instil discpline in BS player and not to knee down to them. Muntari will never misbehave coz that powerful BLOW which left him lying in a pool of blood is a big lesson. Well done MOSES ARTHUR the king of ring!!!!
  • nana vugison.... says:
    July 03, 2014 08:49 am
    you guys are hypocrates.....we shd be condeming d act dat Sulley displayed rada than encouraging mata hw gud a player is,he has no ryt to take d law into his own hands in a national teams camp.. dis is wat rrly happened at d camp... The Three Amigos, Essien, Muntari & KPB Destroyed The Team "Sulley: WHAT IS THE USE OF SOO MANY G.F.A OFFICIALS & OTHERS HERE? You Are Basically Non-Essential and have no role or duties here. Your Number even dwarf that of the players... You receive Bonuses for no work done. You are a drain on the Govt.... You always make money on our back and you see every Tournament as a means to make money.... And You Have The Vim to question us why we want our money?" This is the statement that made Sulley Muntari the darling boy of Ghana soccer fanatics. This is a statement that though came from the mouth of Sulley Muntari but seems to be a group statement from the Players and I initially wanted to write an article titled, "Sulley took one on the chin for Blackstars Players" but the information coming out shows the thuggery nature of Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng with a tacit approval from goody-goody two shoes friend, Micheal Essien. The three prima donna players who brought division into the team and destroyed the team chemistry should forever be banned from Blackstars. The Blackstars team has a Doctor or two, Counselor, Physical therapist and other medical staff to attend to minor injuries the players sustain during matches and training and we have this staff in Miami when Blackstars camped there. The GFA officials paid for all expenses for these Officials including their hotel accomodations. When the team was in Miami, the hotel management informed the GFA that, there are three gentlemen at the hotel desk demanding three more rooms on behalf of GFA and if they are to be given three more rooms. It turned out these three whitemen were personal Doctors one each for Muntari, KPB and Sulley. The GFA Officials contacted these players to reason with them that, Blackstars cannot pay their expenses, (hotel accommodation, food plane fares etc) from USA to Brazil but the three Players did not agree and the GFA was forced to accommodate the three personal Doctors all expenses paid by GFA. Other Blackstars players got wind of this special treatment afforded to the three Players and some of them were not happy campers. Muntari We have all read the confrontation between Muntari and Armah but the whole story was not told. There was not just one confrontation but two at different places. In the initial confrontation, two slaps were delivered on the face of Armah and Armah also landed two heavy blows one which busted the lips of Muntari with blood everywhere. It seems like Armah got the best of the Muntari in the initial fight. The two were separated and Mr Armah who was staying at the second floor of the same hotel where the players were staying was taken to his hotel room whilst the other players staying at the top level of the hotels were told to go into their rooms around 10 P.M Brazil time. A security guard was posted at the door of Mr Armah and he was told to stay put in his hotel. Mr Nyantakyi and other GFA management were in Mr Armah's room around 12.00AM when Muntari found out the hotel room number of Mr Armah and came charging in and this is where he picked up a drinking glass, not a bottle as alleged in the initial story trying to hit Mr Armah with it. Mr Nyantakyi who was trying to separate the two was rather hit on his hand by the glass that broke into pieces and he received some cuts on his hand. Sulley Muntari not happy about how the fight went picked Mr Armah's laptop and broke it into pieces. Two other mobile phones on the table belonging to Mr Armah were also destroyed. Finally Muntari was prevailed upon to go back to his room and that ended this act one of the three Amigos bad behavior. Kevin Prince Boateng. KPB has come out with his version about what happened on the training field. The truth behind the whole thing is that, Kevin was slacking at training doing his own thing whilst refusing to do what other Blackstars Players were doing so Coach Kwesi Appiah who was referring the proceedings of the training called his name and before he can say anything, KPB said, "What, foolish Referee? Coach Appiah then asked him what he said and he then said, foolish Coach. Kwesi Appiah realizing things can get ugly decided not to pursue the matter anymore. In the course of the practice, KPB who it is said to have something against Wakaso tackled him dangerously that could have resulted in a career threatening injury so the Coach cautioned him that this is practice and he should be careful. KPB then behaved the same way by tackling another player the same way as he did Wakaso and that is when Coach Appiah told him to leave the field and go to the locker room. KPB was alleged to have told the Coach he is a stupid Coach and started walking towards him in a threatening manner. Aome Players stepped in to separate the two and Nyantakyi and the Sports Minister who were at the training grouds prevailed upon Coach Appiah to go and sit in the team bus and cool off. KPB then went to the team bus trying to fight the Coach but the armed FIFA Security guard in the bus brought matters to an end. Micheal Essien It is alleged that, Micheal Essien has sent thirteen of the new Blackstars members to go and tell the GFA officials that, they don't intend to play the match between Ghana and Portugal due to an unsolved Player personnel issues. This was two hours before the team borded the bus to the stadium to play the Portugal team and the Coaches and officials without much effort convinced the Players to change their minds because they were acting in respect to Essien not because they didn't want to play the match. What broke the camel's back. After the players led by KPB have complained about the hotel that has been paid by FIFA were moved to another hotel at an extra cost of over $ 120,000 which the FIFA refused to pay, GFA officials were once again called by hotel officials that, five people were at the hotel desk in their new accomodations in Brazil demanding five more rooms. It turned out that these were Kevin Boateng's wife, his friends and Sulley Muntari's wife and her sister. The GFA Officials at this time told them that they will not pay and their wives and friends cannot stay at this hotel either. The two Players then got hotel rooms for their wives and friends at another hotel. The following day when the team was getting ready to leave the hotel for the training field, Muntari and KPB could not be found anywhere. After thirty to one hour, a car dropped both Players infront of the team bus waiting for them and thaeir explanation was that, they spent the night with their wives . Later in the day after the Coach and other GFA Officials met, it was decided to suspend the two Players indefinitely. Another issue that came up too was the captainship of the team which it is alleged the three Amigos thought one of them should be the Captain and not Gyan It was also alleged that, Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan demanded the payment of their losses that occurred sometime ago in a hotel room where sulley Muntari's 35,000 Euros watc was stolen and Gyan lost 10,000 Euros in cash. The GFA gave Muntari $20,000 and Gyan $10,000 with a promise to pay the rest when they return to Ghana which Muntari was said to have thrown the money on the floor demanding full payment whilst Gyan accepted the $10,000 with the balance to be paid later. It is just sad Muntari who can still help Blackstars has allowed his friends to influence him to behave this way. I was one of his ardent supporters who thought he was right when his confrontation with Mr Armah initially came out but this has made me change my mind. The three Players if they turned out to be Messi, Ronaldho and Robben should never be invited to the Blackstars camp again. Justice Sarpong (CARDINAL of TRUTH)
  • Selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 09:03 am
    Look at Muntari's picture then ask if hes a pure human. He has genes of a monkey so he's 1/2 human and 1/2 baboon. So don't blame him for his behaviour. Who ever I hear blaming him, I will knock him off his yellow teeth. Viva the revolutioooooooooon!!!!!!! !!!!!!
  • Let says:
    July 03, 2014 09:03 am
    It seem to me Kwesi Nyantekye is only interested to telling as all the horrible stuff the players did. We are still yet to hear from him why himself, wife and kids were on business class where as players who should've been first taken care of in all things were on economy class. It now clear the FA doesn't respect any of our views as supporters. They are staying at post and the rot continuous. They are keeping AA and we are doomed I think. I've always supported AA because am a staunch Kotoko fan but I think afcon 2013 and World Cup 2014 exposed him. What is the point if they don't listen to, who are the Black Stars playing for??? Them the management comitee??? They must go! The whole lot of them.
  • fred says:
    July 03, 2014 09:14 am
    'animguase3 paa nie'.Gfa president begging a coach for a player? This can only happen in Ghana.Then it means that Akwasi Appiah was interfered. This drunkard is not serious.
  • fred says:
    July 03, 2014 09:16 am
    masa ka nyansasem wate na yani abre
  • Yaw says:
    July 03, 2014 10:31 am
    "Nana Vugison" & others, are you guys for real??? This "idiot" of a man is trying to create diversion from his role, & you guys are buying this nonesense. No matter the gross indescipline shown by the players, the GFA has to answer to Ghanaians. Are you that blind to see what this man is doing? Him & his accomplices want to do everything in their power to stay in power. If you know just a tiny bit of what Ghanaian players have endured in all those years from the actions of the GFA, you guys would ask for the immediate dismission of this man & his gang. You have no idea.... Lord have mercy on us. In our tradition, the "elders" & those in positions, are always right, & any opposition to their actions, is considered insubordination, leading to outright condemnation...think about this!!!
  • Ghanas son says:
    July 03, 2014 11:05 am Please join this group on facebook and lets sack Kwasi Appiah first!! We will deal with the mafia himself later
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 11:21 am
    Stop using my I.d. u fool twerp!!
  • Wenchi Moke says:
    July 03, 2014 11:31 am
    @nana viguson That was a detailed account of events.It's also made me have a change of mind about Muntari. . We now know why KPB opted to play for Ghana.And whyhis half brother's mom insisted he was a bad influence on her son.He is thrash which the German team wouldn't take. . For Essien,l was hoping he was going to use the W.C to relaunch his dwindling career but opted for a prima donna. . Thank you for the details which GSN,for reasons best known to their punk Ghanaian asses,have failed to.By the by,have you heard A.A.failed his coaching course but was waived on?Heard it yesterday.
  • Big mouth says:
    July 03, 2014 11:35 am
    Muntari should have slapped him in addition to Moses. I blame kelvin for not removing one of your eyes with that broken bottle which marked his ugly face. Nonsense.
  • YAW9 says:
    July 03, 2014 11:54 am
    Masa shut up..foolish man..and who asked you that.. All what u folks do in the dark.. Will all come out one after the other...
  • Concern Citizen says:
    July 03, 2014 12:29 pm
  • Thegreatest says:
    July 03, 2014 01:42 pm
    Nyantakyi you have been talking about what somebody else did or did not do in Brazil. Blaming everybody except you and your management. Sulley was wrong but tell us what did wrong in all the fiasco. Stop blaming others and accept your corrupt behavior and management.
  • Thegreatest says:
    July 03, 2014 01:43 pm
    Let us sack from the top. Elvis Ankra, Yamin and Nyantakyi first.
  • Kweku Ananse says:
    July 03, 2014 01:48 pm
    @ Nana Vugison Thanks for the detail account of the horrible events we are struggling to get our heads around. Gathering from your report, it is absolutely clear that the officials were left with no choice than to take the actions they took to save such an awful spectacle. I have been following the Black Stars since the 70s and seen real talents with the team. Never have I read of such gross indiscipline from such "mediocre" players who think they are superstars. I'm equally yet to read anywhere about such uncouth behavior from any of the current headliners of African soccer talents of the Yaya Toure and the likes. I'm pleading with all to be circumspect and take a moment to reason for once. Yes Ghanaian team official could be excessive and wasteful; Yes Coach Appiah showed gross technical deficiency; nevertheless, this is no excuse for these half-baked players who think they are semi gods. It must be forgotten that since 1982, Ghana is yet to win any cup at the senior level with any of these crop of players. Yet the soccer loving Ghanaians have followed the team with all their heart and zeal. Poor Essien indeed. With his career at the twilight, one would have thought he could be wise enough to use the opportunity to revamp his dwindling performance, especially when he played very little in the qualifying. I guess it must be hard and frustrating to see young players like Rabiu, Agyeman Badu and Afriyie Acquah out-performed him. Reports had it that Mourhino was so frustrated trying to help him rekindle his career at Chelsea and at the end, the man simply gave up seeing Raminez, Obi, Willian etc outperformed all day at Chelsea. We are seeing the same spectacle at AC Milan. Like Essien, KPB played an insignificant role during the qualifying matches. With poor judgment from Ghana officials, he thinks he's a mega star who must be bowed for. I'm sure those who campaigned so much for his return to the team must be biting their fingers, saying "Ha" Those of us with eyes saw how horrible he performed when he was featured in the match against Germany. - I'm sure any colt player could have played better. I'm convinced it must be more of humiliation, knowing how much was expected from him, especially considering his bragging toward the German team and how horrible he played. Joachim Loew had said they were going to allow the soccer pitch to do the talking. Even the Messis, Ronaldos, Abedi Pele, etc never taunt their opponents this way. True professionals are always humble. Fellow Ghanaians, let's condemn these disgraceful acts by these semi-illiterates with no modicum of respect. Has anybody wondered why Muntari's dad is issuing apology after apology? There has to be respect for authority. All teams have captains and team officials. Yes, coach don't play but they earn more, lots more. It's time to condemn these bad acts before they turn into Luis Suarez and become a national disgrace. Ghana continues to abound with great, young talents who are ready to step up and do battle for Mother Ghana when call to duty. Let's channel our energies toward encouraging these talents and hopefully they will blossom one day. We love our soccer and the players, even when they failed. But not when they disgrace the country and broke a nation heart with such uncouth behavior.
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 02:18 pm
    This is a CARDINAL OF LIES and only fools ll believe this OPPORTUNISTIC POLITICIAN WANNBE! All that u said is complete lies and just a mere PROPAGANDA as we all know that u are just a KING OF PROPAGANDA! I have taken my time to read all your communist inferior tactics propaganda piece and I have realized that u are DAMN BLOODY LIAR! Your HEADLINE IS EVEN WRONG and deceiving and I know that u did it on purpose just for your shameless propaganda sake!! How can u say that the THREE AMIGOS namely sulley, essien and KPB destroyed the team whiles omitting GYAN who according to u demanded for his monies from the fa too for his stolen items just like sulley! So what makes sulley a trouble maker whiles gyan is not mister? Why did the players demanded their monies from the fa at the WC in all places? Think mister because if u think that u have come out with something special about these fellas, then am sorry to tell u that u have no CREDIBILITY and u have join the bandwagon of YEN KYE DI OR CORPORATW SHARE CROPPING! Stop lowing yourself and is about time we put the nation first rather than our STOMACH! Again,according to u, the captainship was an issue and one of the three amigos thought that he should have been a captain? Really mister know all! After all these months, is just now that these players ll come out to demand the captainship? Think like a man because you have been blinded by CHEAP POLITICS and all your write ups are politically skewed and motivated! U are one of the PROBLEMS TOO in this country because your propaganda has contributed in no small way in making Ghana,a FAILED STATE! Now, two players got a room for their wives and SO WHAT?!!! U can't think and therefore politicians ll always use u to do their DIRTY WORKS! What do u gain from this propaganda? Is it the fame or YOUR STOMACH mister? Didn't our fa president have his wife and two kids in Brazil? They were chilling in business class all paid by the state including their per diem, their hotel bills, shopping etc and u cldnt talked about these things in your USELESS, GOOD FOR NOTHING PIECE! U have no shame at all as a Ghanaian! Now according to your BLOODY LIES here, u said that essien organized the playing body to boycott their last training match and the players did it, right? So it means that all the players acted in unison and with one accord to boycott training which should tell u that, they were in total agreement with essien!! The players are not kids to be forced or dictated to and again non of them refused his appearance fee in protest of what u said essien did and hence u are BLOODY LIAR AND A DANGEROUS CITIZEN of this country! How did u know that KPB has something against wakaso? Why hasn't wakaso himself come out with this info? Who told u that, all training matches are smooth without any tackles? Even in the most advanced clubs in the world, training matches can be competitive and if u care to know, checked THE ROW BETWEEN RAUL AND DIARRA in madrib training grounds!Ur lies has been exposed and u have MISFIRED BIG TIME HERE! U can do your USELESS PROPAGANDA WORK in ghanaweb but not here!! How can gfa who were BROKE AND PLEADING with players to wait for their appearance fee, pay gyan and sulley, the sum of about 30,000 dollars in camp mister? Can u explain that to us dude? Were they pay in CASH OR CHEQUE? So it means the fa carried along huge sums of dollars to brazil? So it means the fa had enough money to settle the appearance fee of the players but decided not to so? So the disgrace that we encountered in Brazil was planned by the fa members? Based on your admissions, sulley did the right thing by yelling at ARMAH to shut up and I want the gov to ARREST AND PROSECUTE the fa members who brought us this grace! They had money but they refused to do the right thing to save us from disgrace! Finally, according to u, essien sent 13 of the new players to the fa to tell them that, they wldnt play the last match and CAN U TELL US THE MEANING OF THIS STATEMENT because is gibberish and doesn't make sense at all! Since u know every inside information in camp, can u tell us the names of these 13 players and the mgt members they were sent to? Did any of the 13 players sent to the fa members refused to go or complained about it to u and were they FORCED to do so? Did any of them refused their APPEARANCE FEE in protest of what essien did? I guess you the answer already! They were captured by international media KISSING BUNDLES OF DOLLARS and u are here pointing fingers at essien! They were happy and thats why they were KISSING the money so stop blaming essien! Lack of knowledge my people perish! If players can break CAMP to slepp with their wives, it t means the AUTHORITIES are not doing their work and we are wasting tax payers money on them! Mister, I don't know u but is about time u stop writing PROPAGANDA articles because it wldnt take u anywhere! U call yourself the CARDINAL OF TRUTH but u are a CARDINAL OF LIES AND PROPAGANDA and your PROPAGANDA PIECE are infantile to say the least! U can DO BETTER MISTER and come again!
  • selfmade says:
    July 04, 2014 01:30 am
    @ askantwi... Don't ever dare insult me again!! OK!