EXCLUSIVE: Sulley Muntari's dad calls Ghana camp to apologize to physically abused official

Sulley Muntari was sent home after attacking Ghana FA official.

Sulley Muntari was sent home after attacking Ghana FA official.

By Ameenu Shardow

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Sulley Muntari’s father phoned Moses Armah on Saturday morning to offer his grovelling apology over his son’s despicable physical attack on the Ghana FA official at the 2014 World Cup after receiving the full and truthful account of what transpired before the AC Milan star’s unprovoked punches on the Medeama SC club owner.

Alhaji Sulley Muniru spoke to the Ghana FA Executive Committee member on phone on Saturday morning to for forgiveness about the incident that saw his son sacked from the Ghana camp.

The AC Milan star attacked Armah, who owns Ghana Premier League club Medeama SC, during a meeting meant to resolve a row over the delayed payment of appearance fee to the players.

Despite a spin claiming that Muntari had questioned the number of officials on the team, Alhaji Muniru was independently told of how Armah had begged the players to listen to the advice of the country’s President John Mahama after he had promised of the payment of their appearance fees before the AC Milan man asked him to ‘shut up’.

Muntari’s then moved towards Armah, striking him twice with a punch in the face, before getting a retaliatory dose which spiraled out of control with Muntari later storming the official’s room to destroy some valuables.

The 29-year-old who had been one of the best performing Ghana players at the World Cup in Brazil was sent home the following morning after being handed an indefinite suspension from the Black Stars.

Muntari is yet to apologize for his unprovoked attack but his father spoke to a member of the Black Stars squad who is a close family friend who revealed all the details of what happened.

Alhaji Muniru never hesitated to call the aggrieved high ranking Ghana FA official who is very well connected in the country and had vowed to take action in Ghana following further threats from the AC Milan star.

Alhaji Muniru who has always played a peace-making role whenever his son messes up in the Black Stars camp appealed to Armah to let go of his anger following the unfortunate incident.

He also asked for forgiveness on behalf of his son and assured such a thing will never happen again.

Alhaji Muniru, who is a chief in the Muslim community in Koforidua, has promised to visit the mining millionaire businessman in his home in Accra to apologise further when he arrives.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Murtala says:

    Alhaji dont worry your self Muntari did the best thing, after all government approved $9.6million budget long before the the world cup, how come the players were not paid till it got to this point, The officials in the first place did not believe the players could not make it through the group stage and after the result of the first match against the USA they new all was lost and started to play with the minds of the players, how come they were able to pay and air lift five hundred supporter with feeding allowance, but yet could not pay the players.

  2. Emmaxy says:

    Say that again murtala. The I really like what sulley did and think that was small. If I were him, I would’ve pulled a gun on them. Seriously!eye nkwasiasem koraa. I wish for all of the leaders get fired. They really mess up this wc that our hearts were really involved. Dumb Ass leaders. I am soooo furious against their stupid preparation and everything. Thank you sulley! All of those leaders are stupid one by one I swear! But I still love AA to continue his job but the rest of the leaders must be sacked ASAP. And AA make sure u accept sulleys apology if he render one and take him back Cus all of those wouldn’t have happend if they were paid on time.

  3. Benny says:

    Muntari should not apologise to anybody.He should have beaten Nyantakyi and AA as well.Well done Muntari.

  4. nas says:

    Dad you need not apologies to any corrupt official your son did the right thing he should have even beaten foolish kwesi appiah

  5. nas says:

    Dad you need not apologies to any corrupt official your son did the right thing he should have even beaten foolish kwesi appiah

  6. Tanko says:

    Alhaji Muniru paaa! Kwei!!! Muntari should have beat that ignorant well. The players deserved to be paid period. What business does Armah has challenging someone that needs to be paid. If he Armah could fly on government money just to go there and talk nonsense to players, Muntari should have done more than what he did to him. Our fathers should stop that thing they used to do whenever we fought outside. It was unjust on the part of the FA to try to swindle the money meant for the players. Nonsense

  7. Tanko says:

    If Kwesi Appiah’s son was playing for Ghana would he be happy if what happened to Muntari happened to his son! Hypocrite Kwasia!

  8. King Bobo says:

    Stupid young man he is fond of doing such nasty and impudent act he needs to turn a new leaf.

    • Assemblyman says:

      Boss get your facts right about the incidence .Before opening up your mouth to insult anyone..Sulley and Kevin actually saved our football from corruption,falsehood and exploitation.We believe from here the future could be bright for our national team,

  9. King Bobo says:

    Stupid young man he is fond of doing such nasty and impudent act he needs to turn a new leaf.comment

  10. addo says:

    is good to punch one of technical members of GFA,the are corrupt.

  11. Adebayo says:

    When the blind lead the blind…Alhaji is right to apologize on behalf of Sulley because he knows best! Physical assault and destruction of property is criminal no matter the provocation! Sulley knows well that he could land in prison if Armah pressed charges! All those encouraging such behaviour are ignorant and could land themselves in trouble sooner or later unless they begin to educate themselves about the civilized world! Indeed, this is the same kind of attitude that has led to the Boko Haram crisis!

    • Assemblyman says:

      Adebayo my friend we should stop this “the elderly is always right even when wrong “thing.that our Ghanaian norm should be done away with long ago..sulley is very right,he is no crazy to be beating people in the camp.theres always a reason to any action.i from my own naked eyes think ,sulley didn’t need to apologize to anyone period,,they are just corrupt and exploiting the players.

    • The truth says:

      Adebayor is right, sulley’s father did the right thing to apologize. Now sulley should also apologize because I don’t want such an incident to ruin the team. Sulley is our most gifted player, he is also a senior member and he did the wrong thing slapping an elder. Hope Sulley do the right thing and apologize

  12. luomo1 says:

    in as much as i will not give the FA a pat for the brouhaha i will also not support muntari for his violent conduct…most of these players did not go to school and few years after they retire from football…their fortunes begin to dwindle and the run to the same FA members they rubbished to get appointments so as to keep body and soul together…we have a long list of ex players who live on appointments today

  13. Tanko says:

    Axe shot: it’s not ignorant to say put a halt to cheating and belittling! It is rather ignorant not to fight for your right. If Muntari and Boateng fought for their right and what belongs to them and some stupid ignorant that is there to spend government money for nothing, he should be decsiplined by Sulley Muntari. And if a coach who doesn’t know how handle and manage players and bribed his way to be head coach of fully professional soccer players such as Muntari and Boateng, his authority would be scrutinized and because he’s ignorant, he calls it an insult and try to exert unwarranted power and tanko would come out with aoud voice and call the said coach: waste if space. Damn it!

  14. Tanko says:

    Axe shot is for Adebayor!

  15. nana says:

    Wow! People on this platform supporting physical assault? Oh My God! Perharps Muntari had a case but assaulting wasnt the best! Muntari is such a talented player and hence must be advised accordingly especially on his temperament or else he would not reach his full potential as a professional player! There are numerous examples of talented players who failed to reach the full potentials owing to their temperament and indiscipline.Besides this isnt his first time of been sacked from camp as Milo once did that.So he should be calm down show respect and work on his temperament

  16. texas says:

    Sulley did the right thing and his father did not have to offer no apologies. What is the use of all those useless GFA management members and executive committee members doing in black stars camp? They out number the players…including Alhaji hearts and Moses armah Parker….what are theirs functions in the team??? I guess they are just riding on the backs of the players as Sulley said, and they have issues when players ask questions…the entire GFA must be dissolved.

  17. Mohammed Salisu says:

    It’s very very stupid for sulley to have done dat.So he want to kill because of money? Fool.

  18. KGB says:

    I sincerely believe in doing the right thing before, if, discussing the issue at stake. I think Sulley Ali Muntari`s father has done the right thing. There`re many channels to discuss our grievances. The channel initiated by our darling player – Sulley Ali Muntari must not be condone and approved by us. Much as we all love him and appreciate his role and contribution to Ghana Football and of course, his image in international football which has carved a positive image for our country, we should not be blind to tell him it is wrong to cause assault in whichever form.
    Sulley and the group who sensed corruption in the camp coud have addressed their grievances through to the Gov`t but in the other way I understand that the spill of corruption in our system is too big to trust and entrust any issue of the sort about corruption to any proper Institution to deal with it truthfully and diligently. The whom you knows, the relative faction, the school mates and alma matta syndrom has eaten so deep into us with compromises in vital issues that demand fair justice.
    I respect and agree with the position of Alhaji Muniru to send an apology on behalf of his son. A good father does not condone in the misrepresentation or misdemeanour of his son / daughter. It may be that Sulley had good reasons but the fact that he acted without controlling his emotions and anger makes his action wrong. As humans, we must at all times try to employ self-control in order not to fall prey to the justice system.
    Finaly, I expect Alhaji Muniru to speak to his son and ask him to render an unqualified apology to Jordan Armah and the entire Ghanaian populace.

  19. elvis says:

    I dont know why some ignorant and wicked people still support muntari.If Armah were your father,would you be happy for hearing these,oh bull shit.Say the truth and it shall set you free.How many times has muntari demonstrate an indescipline acts like these one.fire burn youuuuuu,.

  20. kwame Abiam Danso says:

    i ALWAYS THOUGHT GHANAIAN S ARE THE BEST PEOPLES IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF HOW WE COMPOSE OUR SELF TOWARDS EACH OTHER NOT KNOWING THAT MOST OF THE POPULATIONS IN GHANA DO NOT HAVE MANNERS AT ALL….THEY SPEAK AS IF THEY NEVER HAVE GO TO SCHOOL OR HAVE PARENTS WHO BROUGHT THEM UP AT ALL..I AM VERY ECSTATIC TO SEE SULLY’S FATHERS ACTION AND AM PROVED OF HIM..WE SHOULD NOT BEHAVE LIKE IDIOTS IN OUR COMMUNITY OR OUTSIDE COUNTRY AT ALL TO DESTROY WHERE WE COME FROM..WE ARE IN THE MODERN WORLD AND WHY DO WE STILL PRACTICE AND SPEAK EVIL NATURE AND CALL OUR SELF’S GHANAIAN’S?..OUR FUR FATHERS DID NOT DO THAT AT ALL!! WHERE ARE WE GOING NOW AND WHERE CAN THAT END AS TO? HEY GHANA BA THINK TWICE WHEN YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING AGAINST EACH OTHER.

  21. Slim says:

    Discipline is good. Yes discipline for all