‘FA Should Have Caused Sulley’s Arrest’

elvis_ankrahWeeks after the awful slapping incident that rocked the camp of the Black Stars in Brazil, former Youth and Sports minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah is yet to come to terms why Sulley Muntari was allowed to go free and was not handed to Brazilian Police for assault.

“I was shocked to the bone after the briefing by officials that witnessed the incident. Up till now, I don’t know why Sulley was not handed to the Police because it was a clear case of assault.”

Speaking on Metro TV’s news analysis programme, Good Evening Ghana, the seemingly upset former Youth and Sports minister told the host, Paul Adom Okyere that ‘assault is assault irrespective of who committed it. There is no reason to justify why he (Sulley) was allowed to go scot-free.’

Muntari was reported to have launched an unprovoked attack that led to a double slap of FA Management Committee member, Moses Armah in one of the team’s meetings to discuss players’ appearance fees.

An upshot of that incident was the sack of the Stars’ midfielder together with Kevin Prince Boateng who was confirmed by Ankrah to have verbally assaulted Coach Akwesi Appiah.

The ex-sports minister described happenings in the team’s camp as horrendous with player indiscipline one of the main issues Ghana faced.

Ankrah who admitted he was not there when the incident happened said “If I was there when the incident occurred, I would have invited the Brazilian Police to arrest him. It would serve as a deterrent to the others.”

“People may not like me or Kwesi Nyantakyi and may want to chastise us for a lot of the things that happened but what is wrong is wrong. As a player, you must know you have a limit.”

Although at no point was he disrespected directly by the players, he revealed some acts by some players showed the level of indiscipline in the team.

He recalled an incident when a player whose name he failed to mention urged his playing colleagues to shun a moment when the president wanted to talk to the team via Skype, stating that ‘I rightly informed the coach of this as soon as I joined in camp.

After their technical meeting the player just shouted ‘dressing room, dressing room instead.’ He later said, ‘I hope he doesn’t speak for one hour”.

Ankrah was of the view that the team would have been better off with KP Boateng who he said lacks the cultural orientation of the other players who were raised in Ghana.  By Andrew Nortey

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