Gyan eyes Star’s return for Muntari

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

GHANA captain, Asamoah Gyan, is hoping for a reunion with suspended international teammate, Sulley Muntari but insists that decision is completely ‘out of his hands’.

Muntari has been frozen out of the national team after he clashed with top officials of the Ghana FA during a wrecked 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.

The experienced midfielder, who plays for Saudi side Al Ittihad, physically attacked Black Stars management committee member, Moses Armah, during a meeting to address appearance fee row.

The Ghana FA acted swiftly and sacked him from the team’s camp in disgrace alongside his close associate and Schalke outcast Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan, has touted the quality of the former AC Milan man but says his return to the national team is completely ‘out of his hands’. “We all know Sulley and what he brings to the team. His quality is immense and I will be very glad to welcome him back. He has scored very important goals for our country and so yes, we need him.

But I am not the coach and so can’t determine when he will earn a recall.”

“If the coach decides to recall him, we’ll be happy to have him back. But those kinds of decisions are not part of my job really.”

Muntari is yet to publicly apologise for his behaviour even though his father Alhaji Muniru Sulley has done so on his behalf.

Meanwhile, Ex Ghana international, Sarfo Gyamfi, says the call up of Samuel Tetteh into the Black Stars for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Comoros was only a move by coach Avram Grant to silence his critics.

The West African Football Academy winger was handed his debut call up by Avram Grant for Ghana’s last round of matches for the year last month.

Tetteh came on as a late substitute to replace Asamoah Gyan where he hardly touched the ball in the 2-0 win over Comoros to mark his debut.

Some have hailed Tetteh’s call up to the Black Stars as a sign that good enough home-based players will be given opportunities in the senior national team.

But Sarfo Gyamfi feels the Ghana U-20 star’s call up was only to reduce the heightening criticisms of Avram Grant on his neglect of the local game since taking over the side a year ago.

“I can tell you that the local player (Samuel Tetteh) who was invited to the Black Stars wasn’t called up because he was doing so well but because Avram Grant only wanted to add a local player to reduce the criticisms,” Gyamfi told Accra based Asempa FM.


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