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Blow for Ghana as Muntari suspended for final World Cup group match against Portugal

Published on: 21 June 2014
Toni Kroos of Germany controls the ball against Sulley Muntari of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Ghana at Castelao on June 21, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The Black Stars suffered a blow on Saturday as midfielder Sulley Muntari will miss Ghana’s final Group G match against Portugal on 26 June in Brasilia due to yellow card accumulation. 

The AC Milan man was booked by referee after taking down Toni Kroos at the edge of the area.

That's was his second of the competition and will serve a mandatory one-match ban.

Muntari is a veteran of three World Cup finals having already featured in 2006 and 2010 hosted by Germany and South Africa respectively.

Do you think Muntari's absence will affect Ghana in the Portugal match? Which player should be named to replace him? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • sharky says:
    June 21, 2014 09:51 pm
    This is a blessing in disguise guys. That will pave the way for midfield powerhouse Agyeman Badu to start, cos Muntari we can all admit has lost a little bit of creativity and sharpness.
  • jerry says:
    June 21, 2014 09:56 pm
    our coach should have take sulley out from this game when we all see sulley was tired and committing some fouls the referee was good else sulley could have got card before and we all know that he got yellow card in our match against US so when our coaches sees that sulley have tired and making faulty passes they should have take him out but all the same we have good game the coaches should go back to the drawing board and fixed some lapses and come out with a good strategy and tactic we can used to beat the Portugal
  • The truth says:
    June 21, 2014 10:03 pm
    Sully thanks for giving us a wonderful game. You played your heart out in both games. To those guys^^ saying muntari was bad, you must have been watching a different game because sully played an excellent game
  • Ghfuo says:
    June 21, 2014 10:04 pm
    AA is our problem AA is the one giving us all these problems. Wat did Badu come n do in this game? Mensah is the reason we didn't conceded more goals. I don't know why boye was even brought in in the 2half. Kpb is not committed. We don't need him. Acquah would have hustled better. Aa is mentally constipated. Imagine kasa on the wings today. He would have gotten into the 18nuff times! We needed for today. How are we going to beat Portugal with more goals? It's possible but not easy . Boyee should have seen that Goetze had gotten inside of afful. Before the cross was sent. He went totally for wats going on from afar. Rather than paying attention to what was beside him, goetze We should won this game. We lost from the bench. Boye messes up against usa and u give him a start again? When I insult aa. Ppl say I'm disrespecting, but look! We are played with vigor and hustle...but aa that hardheaded coconut is why we didn't win. U use kasa on the wing. U replace rabiu with acquah or essien. U remove boye for sumaila. Dauda was watching the player in the second goal, not the ball. Bohe played well, it his mistakes were what cost us. Then u remove atsu for wakasso? Another poor decision. Look at the year atsu had with his club this yr?. Wakasu barely played any games this season. AA brought in 3 subs. Only jordan did smthing better. Badu n wakaso didn't impact the game in any way. Defence wins tournaments, but u didn't make any changes to defence(boye). Dummy!
  • NII-BI says:
    June 21, 2014 10:20 pm
    What do you mean by Ghana will play their final match..? Pls is english that you are writing so i you guys should be consciouse of what you put down here! Are you guys among the secret enemies of Ghana?
  • Pele says:
    June 21, 2014 10:36 pm
    Man of the match sully or Kasa
  • Pele says:
    June 21, 2014 10:39 pm
    Thanks to the referee Nigeria is up by 1 goal
  • Franknaros says:
    June 21, 2014 10:42 pm
    This is a result of Akwasi Appiah's incompetence as a coach. He should have taken Sulley off after the 2nd goal as part of his tactics to 1. spoil the German momentum and 2. Cos Sulley was tired, yet AA just stood there watching like a moron till they equalised. If Ghana had any good coach, it would have been 6 points and auto qualification today. Akwasi Appiah is a joker of a coach.
  • Nana says:
    June 21, 2014 10:46 pm
    Our defence were tired and I was expecting the coach to bring in somebody to strenghten our defence.
  • joel says:
    June 21, 2014 10:49 pm
    This is a good news for Ghana because Sulley Muntari is killing me as with all the mistakes in given the balls away so often. To me Sulley and Jordan shouldn't be in the national team.
  • real sabacious says:
    June 21, 2014 10:54 pm
    I don't think we gonna miss Sulley,all AA has to do is play wakaso at the left full back abd shift Asamoah to the nr.8 position which is his favourite.I still don't get it while AA keeps on playing Asamoah on the leftback,I keep on saying that Wakaso is the right man for the job.he has power,good on one on one situation,strong in air and good at going forward .we need the creativity of Asamoah in our match against Portugal.As for K.Boateng I believe this tourny will be his last with Ghana,we don't need the dude anymore!his bossy attitude is very annoying!
  • ginger says:
    June 21, 2014 11:01 pm
    Joel or who ever u call urself. Were u watching cricket or gulf. Sometimes i wonder y people share unwanted opinions. Pls sulley did better and more better. He fought a good fight. Stop watching cricket and watch football
  • woodini says:
    June 21, 2014 11:08 pm
    I think Appiah is scared of Muntari to substitute him. It was obvious Muntari was exhausted and commiting silly fouls, yet Appiah kept him in the game till the end. Appiah is not a good coach I think. And look at this, taking out Atsu who was doing well and brought on Wakaso, what a waste. Appiah can see what Afful can do. Appiah played half-fit Opare in the US game who did not played in any of the friendly matches. How can a coach make such a blunder. And Jordan will never be a good not alone a better player because of his selfishness. Very disappointing. Asamoah gyan was pointing to him to place the ball on his path but this stupid boy ignored him totally and wanted to score himself. Look at the reaction of Appiah on the bench. Jordan was just playing for himself. Why? If it was Warris who got that opportunity he would not hesitate to place the play ball for Gyan to score because they understand each other.They played together in the qualifying games to demolish teams like Zambia and Eqypt, Appiah is so dump that he always forget what have worked for him. It would have been 3-1 and Germany would find it difficult to recover. However, Appiah will never learn to drop him.Maybe he is scared of Abedi Pele or he is not in full control of team selection. if that is the case, he will never be a leader. I am getting emotional now, I have to stop writing
  • PITO says:
    June 21, 2014 11:13 pm
    LOOK KEVIN DID GOOD TO DESTABILISE THE GERMANS AT THE BEGINING OF TJE GAME! We need His Presence against Portugal. It will be a terrible mistake to ever NOT start KPB. The team started well due to the presence of experienced players on the pitch!
  • maka says:
    June 21, 2014 11:45 pm
    AA is a coach, but a very dumb one for sure! Very very tactical brains...tweaaaaa!
  • mam gana says:
    June 22, 2014 12:12 am
  • gago says:
    June 22, 2014 01:38 am
    Eeei Ghana mokasa too much azden
  • i back jerry, by saying that sulley should have taken out when he got tired so the head coach should take note of that so that such mistake will not happen again in our next matches. by the way ghana did very impressive work and we are all praying that po says:
    June 22, 2014 09:06 am
    gud job