2014 World Cup: Ghana coach rues Sulley Muntari loss but confident of finding right replacement

Sulley Muntari is suspended for the game against Portugal

Sulley Muntari is suspended for the game against Portugal

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is confident of finding a suitable replacement for suspended Sulley Muntari despite admitting to the huge blow of missing his influential midfielder for the final group game against Portugal.

The 28-year-old is out of the final Group G clash after receiving his second booking of the tournament in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Germany on Saturday.

Muntari has been in sensational form for the Black Stars at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.

His partnership and mentoring of Rabiu Mohammed in the heart of the Ghana midfield has also been exceptional.

This will however be missing in Ghana’s final group game against Portugal with the AC Milan star’s suspension.

But coach Kwesi Appiah believes it offers a unique opportunity for other players to make the step up.

“[Sulley] Muntari has played two fantastic games for us but it is rather unfortunate that he will be missing the next game,” Appiah said.

“We will have to psyche the other young players in the team to play his role in the next game.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. piwi says:

    Ghana is coming home because Appiah and have failed us.

    • Smoking Columbia says:

      @Piwi, Shut the fuck up! You guys talk too much. Learn to appreciate a good game and give homage when is due. Yestee, Coach, “why did you leave experience players (kevin, essien) on the bench”, months ago, “Fatau Dauda is useless goalkeeper who sits on the bench”, What did Kevin do significantly for the team, ‘Harrison Afful looks like a tiny Somalian with no food to feed on and is useless.’ Meanwhile Afful was so excellent. GHs talk tooo fucking much, even if you chop off your head for Ghs they won’t appreciate you, whatever man, let the coach be, kwasiafo!!!

      • The truth says:

        Hahaha beautiful comment @smoking Columbia. The coach did well, defensive errors cost us the game. Otherwise I think akwasi appiah has done an amazing job.

      • OGYA says:

        The case against Jonathan Mensah. I do not know whether it is his inexperience or what. He is the reason why Ghana is at this miserable situation in our world cup life

        First he was the reason why USA got the last minute corner kick to win the game against us. Instead of calmly allowing a ball to safely go out of bounds, he rushed and in the end had his legs touch the ball to give a crucial corner kick to USA

        Secondly, he was also the reason why Germany equalized the game against us. He stood by and allow Klose to get behind him to score.

        Akwesi Appiah if you really want to be considered as a good coach, there are a couple of things you need to change about you. STOP BEING VINDICTIVE. You will also need to remove FAVORITISM from your camp, surround this defense with players who are capable of playing it no matter what their age is.

        There was no reason to drop John Mensah and Vorsa. These two players could have easily been fit for the World cup and given you the success you have been craving for on the international seen were it not for your dumb ideas and favoritism to drop them.

        They could have bailed you out and prevented those two crucial goals we gave up during both the USA and Germany games. I am sure you have learned your lesson, but you will have to suffer the consequences for the rest of your life.

        Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

  2. nene says:

    piwi?what name is dat?ur name even shows u r not a Ghanaian so back u off wai

  3. Papa says:

    Truth be told, the coach shud have subbed him and we al know that..

  4. fresh boi says:

    am really impressed with sulley muntari’s performance. Ghanaians talk too much especially the journalists in kumasi. look at the performance of the players, outstanding. shame onto Richard Kwaku Osei of Ashh fm in kumasi. u r nt a journalist at all, maybe u r suppose to be a farmer nt a journalist. tweaaaaaa. bcos sme of de players r your frndz n dey always dash u money so u always wnt to talk for dem. shame onto u ………. black stars is nt for u alone , it is for de entire nation….. go bak to skuul n learn well. dat is y ur station is always boring wen king Eben is nt arnd. mtcheeeeeeeeew

    • FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

      Fresh Boi gave only one name and yet concluded journalists in Kumasi talk too much. Do journalist in Accra talk less. This fallacy of hasty generalization is dysfunctional.

  5. fresh boi says:

    am really impressed with sulley
    muntari’s performance. Ghanaians
    talk too much especially the
    journalists in kumasi. look at the
    performance of the players,
    outstanding. shame onto Richard
    Kwaku Osei of Ashh fm in kumasi. u
    r nt a journalist at all, maybe u r
    suppose to be a farmer nt a
    journalist. tweaaaaaa. bcos sme of
    de players r your frndz n dey always
    dash u money so u always wnt to
    talk for dem. shame onto u ……….
    black stars is nt for u alone , it is for
    de entire nation….. go bak to skuul
    n learn well. dat is y ur station is
    always boring wen king Eben is nt
    arnd. mtcheeeeeeeeew

  6. DOGO says:

    Dauda, Afful, Muntari, Dede, Kasa, Atsu, Boye and Jonathan did so well yesterday. Warris pair very well with Gyan than Gyan and Jordan. I hope the coach will utilise those two dangerous strikers upfront in our next game. All we need now is a win or draw in tonights game which will open the second spot up for grabs.

  7. Bishop says:

    That was an impressive Team We saw yesterday.lets learn to appriciate What We have.AA and the team should be encouraged.

  8. Carlos Danger says:

    Sulley played well but he gets tired as he is no longer in his early twenties.. He should have been subbed with acquah after 70 minutes.