COMMENT: Avram Grant's meeting with Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng is good but…

Published on: 10 December 2014
COMMENT: Avram Grant's meeting with Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng is good but…
Avram Grant

Scores of Ghanaian football enthusiasts have welcomed the decision by newly appointed Black Stars coach, Avram Grant, to meet suspended Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Those who are in support of the move have described it a timely one, stating that it has come at the time when many Ghanaians, particularly football fans, are seriously preparing to hit the streets to register their displeasure about the unresolved long-standing dispute between the two senior players and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) headed by embattled Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Mr. Grant on Friday, December 5, 2014 made public his intention to meet the embattled two top players. The new Black Stars coach will meet AC Milan duo Essien and Muntari in Milan and then travel to Gelsenkirchen to meet Schalke 04’s K-P Boateng.

Muntari was thrown out of Ghana’s camp at the 2014 FIFA World Cup for his violent behaviour when he attacked and punched a Ghana FA official. Boateng was also expelled from camp for insulting then head coach Akwasi Appiah.

Essien refused to warm-up before the Black Stars game against Portugal in the final Group G match in Brasilia.

Essien’s conduct was referred to the Ghana Football Association Executive Committee for punishment and has since not been invited to the national team. The GFA has insisted the two will only be admitted back into the senior nation team if they publicly apologise to the Ghanaian populace.

Although Ghanaians were of the view that the indiscipline postures exhibited by the three top players of the Ghana senior team—the Black Stars—were uncalled for, they believe that bringing back the three influential players will be good for the team to excel in this year's AFCON tournament.

In fact for us at Today we totally agree with the GFA that Muntari and Boateng especially must apologise to the entire country.

The point is that discipline is key to success. We on this paper used this medium to condemn the unruly behaviour of Muntari and Botaeng at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil. And we did that on the grounds that we taught these were players who had seen it all and should have known better.

It is important that we send a strong message to our players that nobody is above Ghana.

That the country will not condone indiscipline—pure and simple! We should not rush into bringing them in on the reason that these are players who can help the senior national team. Absolutely no!

Indeed when we do that there is a portending danger that other players will do same and have it in mind that because Ghana needs them they will be certainly be recalled into the senior national team.

In that respect we will only be breeding indiscipline players in our national teams which will not bode well for the country.

And to every player that will be part of the Black Stars we call on them to always think of Ghana first before other considerations.

It is only when we have strong and disciplined national teams that we will be able to win more laurels for the country.

Source: Today Newspaper

Comments

  • Anokwale
    says: 5 years ago
    You are on point. There is no need to beg these players. There are other talents out there. We qualified for AFCON without them. Why beg?
  • Joseph
    says: 5 years ago
    These players should be welcome after the tournament. The FA should have arranged them before its disciplinary committee and dealt with them. Not just throw them out. So just a written apology and they are back. No. You ban them for a period and automatically are available for selection when it expires. They can choose to come or not after that. Much as they are top guys, they have to be willing to play for Gha and not to be begged.
  • Sash
    says: 5 years ago
    Thank you, NII-BI! I really wish everyone will think and speak as you. Peoples just say things and makes me wonder if they really have the best interest of Ghana at heart. Everyone can represent Ghana but not everyone can achieve success for Ghana. We must as well pick some street footballers to represent us because they've got talent and can play football.
  • Ogya
    says: 5 years ago
    Thank you Nii-Bi for your post. I hate to see and hear people who cannot stand up for the truth. GFA messed up big time at the World Cup and has pushed all the blame on these players only to cover their shameful act. But God is still alive. The actual truth will surely come out.
  • Slyster
    says: 5 years ago
    My writer i personaly disagree with u. B4 all this indiscipline start abt the appearance fees the president,sports minister and fa president knew the consequences of not doing the right thing but instead they did not act . An unhappy puppet is an uncooperative puppet. WHO SHD BE BLAMED?
  • Okubi
    says: 5 years ago
    I am glad Ghana still has got people like Nii, Sash, Ogya & Sylvester who are not scared to speak the truth. The whole disaster at the World Cup is now being blamed on a few of our boys. Appearance fees, unsanitary conditions for players & supporters, verbal contracts to transport supporters to Brazil, GFA OFFICIALS (Nyantakyi etc) taking wives & children to Brazil at the expense of the nation etc etc etc etc. Let us face the reality of the situation rather than wagging tails as if nothing is wrong with the GFA.
  • king
    says: 5 years ago
    if nothing touches palm branches it doesnt rattle
  • Maame Akua
    says: 5 years ago
    I'm having trouble comprehending the logic being espoused by the chorus of those calling for Mother Ghana to go out begging for the recalcitrant "Three Amigos". These are players who earns a lot more in a week than the controversional $100,000 appearance fee. So to say their act was the result of non- payment of the said amount is ridiculous. One must not forget that some players bribe their way with much more for selection. These are arrogant, incorrigible players who have lost their sense of pride and lack of appreciation for the rare of honor of playing for their nation. What is more infuriating about their crude act of indiscipline is that these are supposedly role models who should be acting as such. Exemplary qualities of Pele was why Abedi Ayew adopted his name. Others like George Alhassan (Jair), Nii-Moi (Polo), Francis Kumi (Achiase Pele), Opoku Nti ( Zico), Frank Achesmping (Messi), to mention a few, did so with pride. In a gist, these players are a disgrace to the nation and their bluff should be called without mincing words about it. Their performances were nothing to write about. KPB was a mere passenger in the games he was featured in Brazil and might be living off the glory of 2006 World Cup performance. On the other hand, we are all witnesses to Essien's poor form and how the likes of Rabius, Acquahs and others are eclipsing him to second fiddle. Their lack of education and arrogance has indeed become the bane of soccer authorities. Enough is enough. As Ghanaians who love our soccer, we will always sing eulogies and shower praises on our heroes and condemn the arrogant of their kind. I'm struggling to recall if the likes of Essiens and Sulleys have won us Cup of Nations honor, even when we hosted the tournament on home soil.
  • Maame Akua
    says: 5 years ago
    Maame Akua I think you will be so happy when you the player is placed in a 4 star hotel while all the officials were sleeping in a 5 star hotel right?
  • Ogya
    says: 5 years ago
    Maame Akua I think you will be so happy when you the player is placed in a 4 star hotel while all the officials were sleeping in a 5 star hotel right?
  • Fiifi, Berlin
    says: 5 years ago
    Nobody is going to beg anybody! The coach is going to "talk" to the guys and ask whether they are ready to abide by his "rules" and conditions! From there he would make his decision and see whether the possibility of mediation between the two "parties" could be arranged! From the look of things it would come to a meeting of the two parties! Fact is , there was a case of indescipline, but this indescipline also runs through the GFA itself and the logical reaction and result is what happened! Both the GFA Ex-members and the govt.'s delegation failed woefully in getting their acts right- this aspekt has been swept under the carpet and the whole blame is being thrown on the players - the motto being "we shall show them where power lies" colonial mentality of solving problems! Mr. Grant is doing the right thing, and if he deems it fit to invite the players, the GFA would have to make do with his decision! A FACE-SAVING STRATEGY IS THE KEY AND I BELIEVE MR. GRANT IS UP TO THAT. PEACE!
  • Amoration
    says: 5 years ago
    We want only Muntari and that is all. KPB is now a useless player who spend most of his time and energy pumping white women. As for Essien he is no better than an ewe chief. who don't know wherether he is hungry or thirst. i wonder why this frown faced Israeli man is bend on wasting our money flying all the way to Germany to bring this trouble back to us
  • Anokwale
    says: 5 years ago
    Thank you for your comments. I have never let the GFA off the hook. I am willing to admit they are the root of the problem. However, that does not mean we need to hold on to "big names" by force. Let us analyze honestly here. Essien and KPB are not what they were in the past. They both have had numerous knee operations and it shows. Muntari is a great player but we simply cannot have any player slapping anyone. Moreover, please watch the video of the first USA goal. What was Muntari doing? Jermaine Jones would not have allowed Gyan to rome free on a throw in. If Ghana is a true football nation the confidence in players should be at least 46 deep. No need to worship any handful of players.
  • Anokwale
    says: 5 years ago
    Yes, the GFA was absolutely wrong. However, we should not forget that these players are professionals who forgot to hire a player rep who would make sure that everything was put in a solid contract. Food, housing, transportation, payment terms, etc.... Players should not be talking to GFA. The player rep should. The players allowed the "typical Ghanaian" type of operation to take place. KPB, Essien and Muntari should have hired a player rep to handle all of this.
  • Aikins
    says: 5 years ago
    I agree with Mr. Grant and besides nobody is going to beg these 3 players,he is just doing all that it takes to make our dear country not only play quality soccer but also bring the trophy to us. So please let's keep our calm and allow the new coach to show us what he is capable of .