The AC Milan star has rendered an unqualified apology to James Kwesi Appiah – the Ghana head coach, and he is set be named in a star-studded squad to finish off Zambia in the 2014 World Cup next month.
Muntari was given a Thursday ultimatum to show remorse for his disrespectful tirade towards Kwesi Appiah when he was replaced by Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the 64th minute during the 2-0 win over Lesotho at Maseru in June.
Below are the likely reasons why Sulley Muntari wrote to the Ghana Football Association to apologise for his actions in Maseru.
1. Possibility of missing out of the Brazil 2014 WC
The AC Milan star is targeting his straight third World Cup appearance after playing at the 2006 and 2014 editions and Ghana’s huge qualification chances urged him to render his apology.
A victory or a draw against Zambia in Kumasi will propel the Black Stars to their final stages of the qualifiers and Muntari doesn’t want to miss out of Brazil.
2. The Zambia Game
Muntari played 79 minutes at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium when the South Africans defeated Ghana for the second time on a row.
Muntari has vowed to mastermind the defeat of the Chipolopolos in Kumasi and wants to play in the game.
3. Likely end to international career
Kwesi Appiah would have slammed his door in the face of Muntari if he had failed to officially apologise to him over his insulting behaviour.
There was a possible end to the tunnel for Muntari and with most of the officials within the Black Stars fed up with him, Muntari had no option than to apologise and save his international career especially as he is gradually nearing the prime of his career.
4. Honour of being in the national colours
Almost all top class players feel a big honour to wear their national colours and Muntari still appreciate this honour.
Football’s biggest stage is the World Cup after the Uefa Champions League and it is only national team that can offer such platform for a player.
The honour and dignity that comes with the national team is immensed.
Players earn their honour and respect with their respective national teams.
5. The return of friend Kevin-Prince Boateng
Muntari personally convinced Kevin Boateng to rescind his retirement decision and gave assurances the former German youth international would return to play for the West African giants.
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah used the former Sunderland man who has a solid rappour with Boateng as a channel to reach him and finally on Thursday he officially confirmed his return to the Ghana Football Association.
Muntari has been itching to see Boateng back in the Ghana colours and being away while Boateng is in won’t be a welcoming news for the 28-year-old.
6. Being tagged a stubborn player
From his time at Udinese through to the English route, and finally at the Milan clubs, Muntari has never missed controversy – both off and on the pitch.
And his national team issues are abundant too. During the pre-tournament camping for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Milovan Rajevac nearly sent the Konongo-born home over his behaviour in camp.
Kwesi Appiah vowed to exclude Muntari from his plans as long as he remains coach for the Black Stars if he had failed to render an apology.
Many believe Ghanaian model and philanthropist Menaye Donkor’s influence on his wife has altered his personality and Muntari would feel ashamed before the pageant artist to behaviour in a Mario Balotelli way.
7. Being a bad example to the young players in the team
Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah and Agyemang-Badu are the only senior players around and Muntari is expected to leave an example for the young horns shooting up.
Most youngsters look up the AC Milan star who has played and scored twice at two different World Cups (Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010) and naturally he feels he might be setting a bad example for youngsters who want to follow in his tracks.
The calm gentle Kwadwo Asamoah once mentioned Muntari as his role model, so that alone gives a measure of players who aspire to play like him.