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Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari rejects 'bad boy' tag, wants quick Black Stars return

Published on: 07 August 2014
Sulley Muntari

By Rahman Osman

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Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has rejected the unwanted 'bad boy' tag insisting he wants a quick return to the Black Stars in the wake of his indefinite suspension from the national team for unruly behaviour.

The AC Milan is battling to rid himself of the image of a bad boy after he was expelled from Ghana's World Cup camp in Brazil for physically attacking a Ghana FA official.

The 29-year-old physically attacked Medeama Sporting Club owner Moses Armah without provocation during a meeting over the unpaid Black Stars appearance fees at the tournament.

He was suspended indefinitely for the attack on Mr. Armah, adding to several incidents since he joined the national team as a teenager which seem to have damaged his reputation.

But the AC Milan star is refusing to admit that he is a disruptive character.

“Am I a bad boy? The fact that I am a bad boy, excuse the term, is rubbish,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“People have a false picture of me and I want to prove that I am a quiet person on and off the field.

“I am not saying that I have always been a saint, but I am now grown up, I feel different and everyone who knows me knows I stand for the truth and I hate cheating.

"I might have gone wrong a few times because I am human but it is not as the bad boy as people think I am.

“As for those who judge me badly as a footballer, I think they don’t know me too well. This could be my year.

“My objectives are to take us back to the Champions League and to win something in this shirt, and to return to the national team because I can never turn my back on Ghana.

Muntari was also involved in a tirade with Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac at the 2010 World Cup finals and nearly got sent home.

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he was thrown out of camp by coach Mariano Barreto and even threatened to quick international football at age 20.

Do you think Muntari should return to the Black Stars? Do you think he should apologise for the attack on Mr Armah? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • kwesi says:
    August 07, 2014 11:05 pm
    Collins, by your comment I can see there are still some true Ghanaians around...what happend to the banners of respect, humility and wisdom which were so deeply ingrained in our culture? Have we sacrificed them all on the altar of soccer? Or do we throw away all the precious elements of our culture because we're being exposed to foreign and 'liberating' ways of thinking? Is soccer all we have as a country? Wasn't the WC a means to an end to so manny of us? Profiling our people and country on the world stage with dignity.....under the banners of 'righteousness and cultural development' we are against cheating, and therefore we insult, slander, curse, threaten and beat each other literally for the whole world to see...Lord help us.
  • Asante-Mensah Gilbert says:
    August 10, 2014 10:18 pm
    Sule never deserves a come back to the Black Stars even if he apologises. This is not the first time, He should be used as a scapegoat to deter the young coming ones. I'll be shocked if this notorious footballer is called back to the national team again.
  • Fish says:
    August 07, 2014 06:25 pm
    Saanie Diarra the asshole is the bad boy.
  • akwasi asante says:
    August 07, 2014 06:32 pm
    Gyae atet3-atet3 na y3nnyae wo hwaen nni hwaen ni... You can... so just be a good example to the upcoming kids man...
  • Godfredoppong says:
    August 07, 2014 06:37 pm
    Muntari should be ban from the nationalteam forever in the rest of his life.
  • Emmaxy says:
    August 07, 2014 06:39 pm
    Sulley don't mine those cheating assholes gfa ppl. They are the bad boys. Am just like u man, I HATE CHEATING!! I might have done worse than what they claim u did. What u did is nothing. Gfa cheating bastards!we need u back bro.
  • Aduanaba Steve says:
    August 07, 2014 06:47 pm
    Is kwasi Nyantakyi and kwsi Appiah who are bad boys not sulley.
  • kwasi nkroma says:
    August 07, 2014 07:08 pm
    my brother keep playing your game .any person who says the truth as a football player in the Ghana national team is a bad boy.god be with you
  • George says:
    August 07, 2014 07:55 pm
    You and KPB are deff coming back.AA must rather go. Nonesense.
  • selfmade says:
    August 07, 2014 08:04 pm
    I know that, a lot of Ghanaians are hurt and pissed off about what happened in Brazil and most of them has put the blame on AA which is quite understandable providing that he was the man in charge but even in the mist of this confusion, Ghana had a fabulous, virtuoso performances that ll stood the test of time! A lot of people watched the matches in the heat of the moment and hence cldnt enjoyed the spectacular football Ghana exhibited to the WC! Posterity ll be the best judge!
  • Collins Cudjoe says:
    August 07, 2014 08:55 pm
    Onaaa po. You are not coming back till you apologize to the whole nation. You can't take the nation for ride. Apologize, up your game, change your attitude, respect your elders and you will be considered for future call up.
  • rabbit says:
    August 07, 2014 09:22 pm
    @collins he wel not apologize to anybody He knows his right, MR do ur own tins ok
  • Adidi Atem hene the first says:
    August 07, 2014 09:29 pm
    Corrupt GFA plus coach no nothing equal confusion and disgrace. Muntary and KPB are not indiscipline it is the corrupt GFA plus Mr no nothing AA which resulted in players agitation and the unpresidented and gargantuan despicable Disgrace rained on the proudest nation in Africa. SOLUTION. AA MUST GO,GFA SHOULD BE RESOLVED .
  • fish says:
    August 07, 2014 09:42 pm
    @Collins Cudjoe, you can go to hell, Sulley will not apologize to any asshole.
  • maubs says:
    August 07, 2014 09:43 pm
    collins cudjoe are you God? do you speak for the nation? remember the pharasees and saducees of the bible-holy than holy but it yturns out they only hypocrites after all. do not judge and you shall not be judged. whoever never sin before cast the first stone. some of us support muntari stand which may well lead to changes for the good of the ghana game. they say in ghana that yes masa do not cause damage to you but it causes damage to the nation and the peoples pysche. German say they are ubrales or above all and it showas in what they do. we have yes masa for so long what do we get corruption, self righteous people thinking they are gods-cue the head of athletics ghana etc. apologise my ass. suley no body can take away your ghanaian rights. we are with you and not the corrupted people always promoting yesa masa culture to hide their incompetence and bad behaviour..
  • OTK says:
    August 08, 2014 09:30 am
    Sulley you claimed to be a good boy but people are tagging you as a bad boy but let me ask. Why is it that you are always having problems with either a coach or management member. Is it that all of them have been cheating you.Am quoting this small peace from the story above '' Muntari was also involved in a tirade with Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac at the 2010 World Cup finals and nearly got sent home. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he was thrown out of camp by coach Mariano Barreto and even threatened to quick international football at age 20''. So all of them are cheating you. hmmmmmmmmmmm
  • joseph says:
    August 08, 2014 09:36 am
    Sulley , dont worry you and KPB will be back soon , we all know what you stood for and we are proud of you . GFA mafia's and their useless coach will be kicked out soon .
  • Boro says:
    August 08, 2014 10:23 am
    To return to the BS to do what? Massa kill your mind because your romance with the BS is over. No serious football country will entertain any player with this kind of indiscipline. Concentrate on AC Milan and leave the BS alone. You have done enough to demonstrate that you are indeed ungrateful and hypocrite so stop wasting your time on coming back to the BS bcos that won't happen.
  • pinto says:
    August 08, 2014 01:02 pm
    yea he shud be call again cos he is an excellent senior player.
  • pinto says:
    August 08, 2014 01:04 pm
    he shud be call bak to de team.
  • Paul Agbemashior says:
    August 08, 2014 01:56 pm
    I Like Muntari And He Can Even Play,with Zeal,i Wil Be Happy To See Him In The National Back!He Is My Main Guy,i Mean My Star!
  • james says:
    August 08, 2014 08:08 pm
    kwasi Nyantakyi and kwsi Appiah all the member of the GFA are mafia’s so Think you should sack them
  • Emmanuel appiah says:
    November 09, 2014 11:43 pm
    Sulley n kpb must be back becus they are ryt.