REPORTS: Muntari back in Black Stars squad for Kenya game after five year hiatus

Reports in Ghana on Tuesday 5 March are suggesting that Ghana Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has called-up former Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari to the national team fold for the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya slated for March 23rd at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana.

Muntari who currently plays for Spanish Segunda side Albacete, has not played for his country in five years since he was ousted from the team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil for indiscipline alongside Barcelona midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.

Indefinitely

The two were suspended indefinitely from the squad before the team’s second group game against Portugal. Reports then claimed that Muntari had physically attacked a member of the technical bench while Boateng had used vulgar language towards some of the country’s FA members.

The disputes arose as the team’s players threatened to down tools as a result of lack of pay and it was not the first time that Muntari had caught the wrath of the country’s FA with similar incidents happening during the 2010 AFCON finals as well as the World Cup in South Africa.

One of Ghana’s well known stars as he has played for a plethora of some of the world’s leading clubs like Inter, AC Milan and Udinese, Muntari’s possible inclusion could be a big lift to the side as they attempt to wrestle first place in Group F from Harambee Stars’ grasp.

One point

Both teams have already sealed their place in the year’s tournament that will be played in Egypt but top spot is still up for grabs with Kenya leading the group with 7 points, a point ahead of Ghana in second.

Kenya won the first group meeting between the two by a solitary goal in September 2018.

34 year old Muntari has won 84 caps for his country since his debut in 2002, scoring 20 goals as well as playing in three FIFA World Cups.