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Kevin-Prince Boateng reveals he was begged to play for Ghana after his Black Stars retirement

Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he only returned to play for Ghana last year after his international retirement because the country's federation president travelled to Europe to beg him to play for the Black Stars.

Boateng says he was begged to play for Ghana

Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he only returned to play for Ghana last year after his international retirement because the country’s federation president travelled to Europe to beg him to play for the Black Stars.

The revelation will anger critics of the Germany-born player who had worked against the return of Boateng to the Black Stars claiming he had used the country to gain international prominence at the 2010 World Cup and the big move to AC Milan.

Boateng – who only returned to the Black Stars’ set-up last year having retired from international football after the last World Cup – subsequently moved to Schalke.

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi travelled to Italy last year to convince the player to return to the Black Stars but he now says he was begged to play for the country.

But Boateng was booted out of Ghana’s World Cup camp last week for verbal insults on Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.

Boateng says he only agreed to return to the Black Stars because the Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi promised him that conditions in the team like hotel and travel would be much better.

 

In an interview with newspaper Bild published on Sunday, he accuses the GFA of having failed to live up to promises it made to him before the tournament which made him return.

“The GFA president visited me in Milan begging me to play for Ghana again. He gave me his word that we would have better travel, better organisation and preparation.

“He has not kept his word. In the end I was just still dissatisfied.”

Ghanaian fans were angry when Boateng retired from the Black Stars few months after switching nationality from Germany to Ghana and played at the World Cup which helped him to gain the move to AC Milan.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. milky says:

    Oh my fucking god!!!! This sites sucks! Why don’t you publishe the whole interview Boateng gave instead of taking bits and pieces to the story to lie!! For fuck sake, stop doing this halfass journalism.
    This fucking annoying. You guys hate Boateng and very typical of some Ghanaians, if you have another background in you apart from that’s of Ghana, they will never accept you as a Ghanaia.

  2. Papadinho says:

    Full interview:

    Kevin Prince Boateng has ripped into the entire Black Stars World Cup campaign in Brazil.
    The Schalke man minces no words as he speaks to the big German media house, Bild.
    Of interest is his flat denial of insulting Kwesi Appiah, the coach.
    “I am very, very disappointed. It just wasn’t a good time. The nightmare lasted from the first day of the preparations until the very end,” he begins.
    “I would never have thought that the preparations and the World Cup itself could be so badly organized. The hotels, the flights – everything was amateurish.”
    “Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn’t have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.”
    “We flew from our first training camp in Amsterdam to Miami. But we flew in two groups, because apparently there wasn’t enough space for all of us. One group went via Atlanta, the other one via New York. We sat at the airport for nine hours and the whole trip was 19 hours. And…”
    “The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later was 12 hours. We flew economy class, all cramped. The legs hurt. It may sound weird for normal people, but for professional sportsmen it’s an impertinence.”
    “Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn’t have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.”
    “The only hotel were we could really prepare in was the one in Miami. We moved in there after we complained because the players didn’t want to stay at the other one.”
    “Before the first WC game against USA we slept at a hotel, I call it a fleabag, which was definitely not recommended by FIFA. There was a severe water damage, the rooms were wet. I had to change rooms, my room had turned into a private swimming-pool because of the water dripping from the ceiling. ”
    Boateng says his complaint after the USA game that he did not start was because Kwesi Appiah had made him believe he will be pivotal in the setup.
    “Very surprised. It was him who kept talking about me as the leader and who had declared his confidence in me. I have never had a problem with him and I have always behaved positively. But if somebody asked me whether he is a good coach… No.
    “No. But I respect him as a person, like I respect everyone. I have always accepted and respected all decision that he made. I’m just wondering why he begged me to play for Ghana when I was still at AC Milan.”
    “Then I make a comeback and suddenly I’m not playing anymore. The president was at one of these talks as well. He gave me his word that we were going to have better travel, better organization and better preparation. He didn’t keep the promise. In the end I was just dissatisfied.”
    Bonuses – Kevin’s take
    “No. That has become part of it and it’s nearly normal. That was the smallest problem. But everything kept stacking up over the whole month. It was catastrophic. The practice conditions, sleeping conditions, everything. I just wonder where all the money goes.”
    “The GFA makes so much money from sponsors, through FIFA. And it’s certainly not spent on hotels, flights, the squad and the preparations. ”

    Team spirit – Kevin’s take
    “No. It wasn’t a real team. Everyone was occupied with himself, everyone was talking bad about each other. There were two or three players who were happy about Sulley Muntari’s and my suspension.
    “And those players exactly had told me that I was right about everything. Everyone knows that I have never insulted the coach. But they spoke against Sulley and me in front of him.”
    “But still, the GFA released a statement saying that you have insulted the coach. People started saying that ‘Boateng couldn’t control himself once again.’”
    “I don’t care about that at all. I’m very relaxed because I know for a fact that I have not done anything like that.”
    “No human being is perfect. But again: No. I have just stated my opinion. There was no player who was happy. We had a perceived 100 meetings with the delegation. We told them that there are countless things that need to be changed. That’s why I’m an easy prey.”
    “Lies”
    Kevin-Prince speaks about the constant half-truths that permeate the Ghana team setup.
    “Because I said to their faces that they are liars who permanently make promises that they never keep. We were lied to constantly.
    “Like I have said before: Sulley and I were joking around at practice. The coach stopped, we said everything was OK. Suddenly I had to go to the locker room. Later I asked the coach whether he had something against me.
    “He shouted at me and insulted me, for example by saying “Fuck off”. Due to the rush there was a mix-up with dates. The incident happened four days before my suspension.”
    “If I had insulted the coach back then, why was I suspended much later on Thursday?”
    “On Wednesday there was another meeting with the delegation. That’s when I told the officials that they were lying to us, that they were making hollow promises.
    “Four days after the incident at practice and a day after the meeting I found a white piece of paper under my door, saying I was suspended. I think everyone knows the reason. The president just turned the tables.”
    “There’s no need to. They have basically thrown me out. I love the country and the people. But under circumstances like this it’s hard for any sportsman to carry on. I will go on holidays right now and I’ll return to Schalke with full force in mid-July. I’ll take it from there. ”
    The GFA are expected to respond soon.

  3. Thegreatest says:

    This guy is struggling with credibility. He is credible in a minute and incredible another minute.

  4. banger says:

    SOMEONE PLS TELL THIS HALF COMPUSED NERV TO SHUT THE FUCK UP.HE TALKS 2 FUCKING MUCH.BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY I BLAME THE IDIOTIC GFA. STUPID FOOLS DO U REALLY THINK THE ENGLISH FA WILL BE A PLAYER TO PLAY.OMG NO WONDER THESE EUROPEANS ALWAYS LOOK DWN ON AFRICANS,

  5. calif boy says:

    I believed him, he is tell the truth , African leaders need to get their act right…. this has been going for many years… shame on officials shame

  6. Gamelie says:

    True talk Kelvin. Ghana was ill prepared for da tourney. Can u compare da preparations of Ghana to that of either England or USA, pls don’t completely scandalize da guy. TERRIBLE PREPARATIONS!!!!

  7. Jaja says:

    Very unprofessional journalism, trying to influence us in a certain direction. Very bad, GSN.

  8. Boro says:

    SHUT UP! You opportunist and ungrateful man. Before you were called into the BS you had become drunkard and was always in the club dancing. Porthmouth had relegated and your career had taken a nose dive. Even after the 2010 world it was Genoa that bought you, not even any bigger team. They latter loaned you to AC and you took that opportunity. You own Ghana everything that you have achieved now. You were simply in Brazil to play not to fight corruption. People like Songo whould have dealt with those issues. You are simply unpatriotic and indiscipline. KWASIATO LIKE THAT. If the management had listened to us there was no way Muntari, Essien and yourself would have been included. Your leg will continue to break if you ever thought of taking advantage of Ghana. Ghana has made you what you are today and only paid us back with this atitude. As for Michael Essien the little said about you the better. If you still remember what you went through in St. Augustine i believe you will be very humble after the nation helped exposed your talent to the world, this what you can do to pay us back. And this son of Hadjia Kande! Had it not been football how can a BEAST like you have a beautiful woman as a wife. You came into the limelight due to the nation sponsoring you through the junior teams by poor Ghanaians tax and now you think your selfish interest is bigger than the nation. You were simply in Brasil to play for the majority of the Ghanaians not those few GREEDY BASTARDS who call themselves the BS management team and allow SONGO ETC to talk about the other things, YOU FOOLS!

    • Assemblyman says:

      Eii my brother Boro of all people hmm!cant you see this desperate writer is trying to influence readers negatively ? Yesterday I said exactly so.because the GSN writer tried to edit words from Kevin’s mouth to suit their paymasters at the GFA .whatever they are doing is a false propaganda aimed at tarnishing original interview kevin had granted to italia sky 5 network,,so don’t mind these GSN rats!!
      Look again,if the GSN writer is being credible in his statements ,he should have attached his name to the article at the end.then we readers can credit him or her to that ..ask yourself which journalist will hide his anonymonity after bringing forward such a delicate allegation as this one..
      By the way,kevin actually retired previously from the national team due to the same injustice met at players.of course to convince him to rescind his decisions,they had to plea to tell him that they have solved problems of the past and those problems might not reoccur .yet it happened worse than it was before ..how would you Boro feel being in his shoes ?i am sure very disappointed.. Our leaders are very dishonest people..
      GSN ghost writers ,,stop destroying honest players..they are fighting for tomorrow’s better football.players need to be respected ..some things have to change..I heard that you GSN guys are bribed by FA members.esp as your reportage are influence by Saani Daara .we all know about that..I don’t have full evidence yet.but I can assure you that am working at it..once it happens ..I will expose your dirty secretes to the world,,God will judge you all one by one,,antoa sef is looking at you all,.total disgrace to mother Ghana ..

      • Boro says:

        My bro Assemblyman i have not changed but feels that most of the issues they used for stirring up the confusion and lost of focus in camp had already started coming up by people such as songo etc. I therefore feels the players should have thought about our feelings and concentrated on the qualifying the teamto the next stage first. They could still bring out all these after they have done their part as footballers but not when they have succeeded in breaking the heart of some of us then you try to justify your failure with some of these excuses. Who in this country did not know AA was incompetent? We were just being patriotic by supporting our own. We all knew people like Essien, Inkoom, Adomah, Muntari, KPB and the Ayews never deserved to be part of the squad if we wanted to instil discipline in this team. We could have replaced these players by Ainooson, Adusei, Nuru, Chibsah, Mahatma, Accam and Gyimah. The trio behaviour points to only one thing and i said that those players knew this world cup will probably be their last world cup and will try hard to use their last appearance to cause confusion in the team before they are shown the exit and true to my word it has happened.

        • DCE says:

          Masa Boro, don’t act as your name. What has Essien and Ayew brothers done to you? If you a player what at at all are you waiting for? Go and play for the nation Ghana and stop your stupid comments. Do you know what it takes to play soccer? Such people are all in this country disturbing our peace. What was the appearance fees meant for. Why were the officials keeping the money which belongs to player? Fire burn you and all those who are backing you!!!!!

          • Boro says:

            If all of us can play who will support. The idea of you telling me not to say my mind to those indiscipline players in the team shows how STUPID YOU ARE! Afterall before they qualified for us to get something from FIFA it is our taxes they use in most of their preparations. People like you are ass kissers of these players. You will not eat when they do not give, so whether bad or good you will always be for them. People like you and your type are the reason Ghana cannot develop. ‘ WOYE ABOA BI MA ME KEKE’

  9. Kwashi leckey says:

    Pomposity at the highest peak.

  10. Assemblyman says:

    All these that the FA is doing,am still advising myself for the future interest of my son who plays for Steaua Bucharest’s youth system and already linked to Barcelona,Marseille,Arsenal and other things.Do you think I will let him come play for Ghana someday? Should he shine and doesn’t get a chance to play for his mother’s country.i will gift him to USA at least he qualifies to be an American through my own father..shameless country.

  11. Kidcarson says:

    Why didn’t soccernet publish the whole interview he did,when he said nyantakyi and his family sat on business class while’s the players sat on economy from Miami to Brazil…..publish that one too for people to read,hypocrites.

  12. Stallion says:

    Its so strange how mentally enslaved Africans still are; why would anybody in their right minds even come to the defence of this guy. Do you think any European country would tolerate the insolence he exudes? This boy came to the Ghana training camp thinking he was larger than life, all because some stupid officials had begged him to return to the team, like Ghana didn’t have any players till he showed up. He acted the way he did in camp because the officials had compromised themselves by begging him. They created a monster who came back to bite them. This guy is more talented than his brother who plays for Germany, but the German FA wouldn’t touch him because they knew how toxic he is.

  13. Jafaru Dokugugu says:

    Boro or what is your name pls keep quiet if u dont have something to say, u ppel are talking of displen and we are dieying of cruoption. May God kill the so call G.F.A Officials

  14. Tahir says:

    I think u hav sub_standard mind. Why do ghanaians hate truth? Kan u play? Ghaña will neva progress if we hate to hear truth. Go to hell, burn to ashes.

  15. legit says:

    @Boro you are very wise. exactly my thoughts. truly essien and muntari knew this was their last wc so they would rather disrupt others than letting them shine. i just felt sorry for the younger talents in the team and i would be surprised to know they were in support of this indecent acts. kevin acted that way because the coach didnt play him full 90min in both games and essien supports because he was benched. guys dont be fooled. it was a planned it. have you heard of the adage that goes ” s3 3b3ko
    corner deaa nanka 3nko goal”…thats what essien and his two stupid dogs tried to do. if the coach isnt playing them then they would make sure others do not also get the spotlight. its simple and anyone who thinks very deep would know the whole issue wasnt about the corrupt gfa but rather the individual evil plans to frustrate the whole team. dont blame the coach nor the gfa..money was the least thing to have caused such chaos. essien and his two stupid dogs are all bad news. german team kicked kevin out. have you asked yourself why? dont
    dont be fooled by this guy ghanaians. trust me he doesnt see himself as a ghanaian. he only joined us for glory. he is an opportunist.

  16. Tetteyfio says:

    The Germans said this guy was a cancer. KPB should never be allowed near anything Ghana again. This “garbage” should be left in its trash can. The impudence of a dying cockroach. Where are the guys who were supporting this bastard?

  17. Alhaji says:

    Nyantakyi and his family flew in business class to Brazil.
    … while players flew in economy for 19 hours.

    Kevin Prince Boateng has ripped into the entire Black Stars World Cup campaign in Brazil.

    The Schalke man minces no words as he speaks to the big German media house, Bild.

    Of interest is his flat denial of insulting Kwesi Appiah, the coach.

    “I am very, very disappointed. It just wasn’t a good time. The nightmare lasted from the first day of the preparations until the very end,” he begins.

    “I would never have thought that the preparations and the World Cup itself could be so badly organized. The hotels, the flights – everything was amateurish.”

    “We flew from our first training camp in Amsterdam to Miami. But we flew in two groups, because apparently there wasn’t enough space for all of us. One group went via Atlanta, the other one via New York. We sat at the airport for nine hours, and the whole trip was 19 hours. And…”

    “The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later was 12 hours. We flew economy class, all cramped. The legs hurt. It may sound weird for normal people, but for professional sportsmen it’s an impertinence.”

    “Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil, we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn’t have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.”

    “The only hotel where we could really prepare in was the one in Miami. We moved in there after we complained because the players didn’t want to stay at the other one.”

    “Before the first WC game against USA we slept at a hotel, I call it a fleabag, which was definitely not recommended by FIFA. There was a severe water damage, the rooms were wet. I had to change rooms, my room had turned into a private swimming-pool because of the water dripping from the ceiling. ”

    Boateng says his complaint after the USA game that he did not start was because Kwesi Appiah had made him believe he will be pivotal in the setup.

    “Very surprised. It was him who kept talking about me as the leader and who had declared his confidence in me. I have never had a problem with him, and I have always behaved positively. But if somebody asked me whether he is a good coach… No.

    “No. But I respect him as a person, like I respect everyone. I have always accepted and respected all decision that he made. I’m just wondering why he begged me to play for Ghana when I was still at AC Milan.”

    “Then I make a comeback and suddenly I’m not playing anymore. The president was at one of these talks as well. He gave me his word that we were going to have better travel, better organization and better preparation. He didn’t keep the promise. In the end, I was just dissatisfied.”

    Bonuses – Kevin’s take

    “No. That has become part of it and it’s nearly normal. That was the smallest problem. But everything kept stacking up over the whole month. It was catastrophic. The practice conditions, sleeping conditions, everything. I just wonder where all the money goes.”

    “The GFA makes so much money from sponsors, through FIFA. And it’s certainly not spent on hotels, flights, the squad and the preparations. ”

    Team spirit – Kevin’s take

    “No. It wasn’t a real team. Everyone was occupied with himself, everyone was talking bad about each other. There were two or three players who were happy about Sulley Muntari’s and my suspension.

    “And those players exactly had told me that I was right about everything. Everyone knows that I have never insulted the coach. But they spoke against Sulley and me in front of him.”

    “But still, the GFA released a statement saying that you have insulted the coach. People started saying that ‘Boateng couldn’t control himself once again.’”

    “I don’t care about that at all. I’m very relaxed because I know for a fact that I have not done anything like that.”

    “No human being is perfect. But again: No. I have just stated my opinion. There was no player who was happy. We had a perceived 100 meetings with the delegation. We told them that there are countless things that need to be changed. That’s why I’m an easy prey.”

    Lies

    Kevin-Prince speaks about the constant half-truths that permeate the Ghana team setup.

    “Because I said to their faces that they are liars who permanently make promises that they never keep. We were lied to constantly.

    “Like I have said before: Sulley and I were joking around at practice. The coach stopped, we said everything was OK. Suddenly I had to go to the locker room. Later I asked the coach whether he had something against me.

    “He shouted at me and insulted me, for example by saying “Fuck off”. Due to the rush there was a mix-up with dates. The incident happened four days before my suspension.”

    “If I had insulted the coach back then, why was I suspended much later on Thursday?”

    “On Wednesday there was another meeting with the delegation. That’s when I told the officials that they were lying to us, that they were making hollow promises.

    “Four days after the incident at practice and a day after the meeting I found a white piece of paper under my door, saying I was suspended. I think everyone knows the reason. The president just turned the tables.”

    “There’s no need to. They have basically thrown me out. I love the country and the people. But under circumstances like this it’s hard for any sportsman to carry on. I will go on holidays right now and I’ll return to Schalke with full force in mid-July. I’ll take it from there. ”

    The GFA are expected to respond soon. This is the whole interview,GSN at it again,Saani s mouthpiece,pple shd quit this forum.

  18. Alhaji says:

    @assemblyman for the records,GSN is owned by Saani,you can ask any sports insider.If am lying take me on.recently he tries to stay far away from the forum bt please once you own it it will always do your dirty jobs for you,it’s like peacefm n NPP or radio gold n NDC.All those who believe in this falsehoods have their hands tied up,no matter wat you do they at least chop from somewhere,haha you know wat I mean,nobody gives me anything like yourself but just love our country n Gh football.

  19. African Consciousness says:

    Kevin is right, I wondered why are players doing laundry at a coin op, I wondered why are players and coach Appiah riding bicycles in the Netherlands to training, why did the GFA not charter buses to take the players to and from practice? It is not only efficient but it also helps the players and officials bond with each other.

    I wondered why not fly the team directly from the Netherlands straight to Brazil so the team could recover from their flight and get used to the climate in Brazil? I guess the team officials wanted to go to Maimi to do their shopping and sight seeing. I wondered why not get the Black Stars to the city of their games a couple of days early so they can really practice and also have time to rest before their games? I also wondered why do the players have to deal with 70 people some of whom do not have anything to do directly with the Black Stars preparation for the tournament?

    The Black Stars preparation prior to South Africa 2010 seemed to have been more streamlined and efficient. Brazil 2014 i think was not very well planed or organized. The GFA President had too many people running the show he was no longer in control.

  20. sticky straw says:

    Hahaha boro u’ve murder sulley mntari hadn’t not football sulley muntari wouldn’t have got a beautiful wife because he is extremely ugly Hahaha boro u be too much if u were to a defender , u will have Been a no nonsense defender