Zakkour blames Ghana FA for taking Muntari, Kevin and Essien to World Cup

Zakkour says Essien, Muntari and Boateng should not have been sent to the World Cup

Zakkour says Essien, Muntari and Boateng should not have been sent to the World Cup

Ex-Hearts of Oak chief Harry Zakkour says sending Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien to the World Cup is the cause of Ghana’s disastrous showing in Brazil and the Ghana FA must be held responsible for the decision.

Zakkour says the GFA failed to listen to his advice of not sending the three senior players to the tournament insisting the disciplinary problems created by the trio has vindicated his position.

Ghana’s 2014 World Cup campaign was rocked by disciplinary issues and bonus rows which seems to have affected their chances at the tournament.

Muntari was axed from the team for physically attacking a Ghana FA member and Boateng was handed a similar punishment for verbally attacking coach Kwesi Appiah.

Essien is also likely to face disciplinary sanctions from the FA for refusing to join the team’s warm-up ahead of the match against Portugal.

Zakkour, who warned against the inclusion of the trio in the Black Stars squad for the World Cup, says the GFA must pay the price for not heeding to his prophetic advice.

 “I said it before the World Cup that these boys should not be taken to the tournament but no one listened to me,” he said.

“Now, look at the shame they brought to us; their indiscipline in camp has embarrassed our nation.

“For me though, I blame the GFA for all these problems in Brazil as I honestly think there was no need to have sent these three players,” Zakour added.

Ghana failed to replicate her sterling performances exhibited at the past two World Cups in Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010 when they failed to progress past the group stage.

 

 

 

 

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Rasheed says:

    Harry,I beg to differ.because you could nit offer good reason for excluding those players.At least Muntari and Essien helped in the demolition if Egypt at Accra,and Kevin scored the only goal in Cairo.It is the corrupt nyantskyie and wimpy Appiah who messed up things for us.

  2. Sean says:

    Mr. Harry I also beg to differ. If you have something to say say it to the GFA please! This problem is not new and it happen this way because it has to happen and always has to be someone stepping up to disagree, but when elderly person don’t know how to earn respect that is what happen because we earn respect don’t command it. Everyone in GFA with friends and family are talking in favour of GFA without considering the main issue and how to solve it but instead blaming these three players who step up. The adivise to our leaders is we earn respect we don’t command respect.

    • Sean says:

      With due respect, my first name is Sean an American born Ghanaian living in the States which i know Ghanaians born in Ghana do not name their kids Sean. You started using my name for your comments when you saw mine since i’m always here to read what’s happening in my dad’s homeland. The GSN Administrator knows my first and last name so kindly use your real identity which is your Ghanaian name and stop using my name cuz i know for a fact you are not called Sean and this isn’t funny young man. Thank you.

      • Gh ghana says:

        You are definitely affected by American ignorance…you think that of over 23 million Ghanaians you are the only one called Sean,and actually the only American born Ghanaian? Gees you sound more like a poser than real…get it sedan…there probably are a million Ghanaians called Sean on here as it is not such an exclusive and uncommon name…plus there are probably other American born Ghanaians called Sean who also love soccer…

        • Sean says:

          Clear off and mind your business. Who is talking to you and since when did Ghanaians in Ghana left their beautiful african names for American names like Sean. Idiot. Shut the hell up you busy body.

  3. Sean says:

    Harry is ill in his head. Why are all these corrupt old fools complaining about players that stood for the nation to resurrect football again in Ghana but not talking about the criminals running the administration. No wonder every fool can get media attention in Ghana. Sit down somewhere you old foolish albino Harry.

  4. A concerned citizen says:

    Harry…it seems you have started a good fight but you are seriously missing the mark. Ghana’s final match with Egypt who were the scorers? Muntari scored and Essien did his magic to create a goal…during the second leg KPBoateng also scored which means without these senior players it would have been extremely difficult to overcome Egypt threat..Do you think substandard players can beat Egypt? It was “try and error” experimental specialist coach who put square pegs in round holes to create this mess. Harry don’t move against the wind you will fight a loosing battle but discover the direction of the wind and flow in it….Fans will support you 100 o/o if only you will campaign to remove the incompetent coach Appiah [the silent killer[.

  5. mutary gariba says:

    I still don’t understand why these guys are blaming these three players?.The last time it was Ben Kofie,now Harry Zakour.Why are these sport administrators not talking about how the players were treated badly whilst Nyantekyi,his family,Elvis,his brother and other government officials were gleefully enjoying?.Why is nobody talking about Appiah’s weird subtutions and how badly he performed?.Why is nobody talking about how we had so many officials in camp?.It is always the players fault,i now see that these old sports/football administrators are the same.They are always protecting each other,thieves.Mr Zakour,i thought you will be different but i just realised you are one them.Well,was Kwarassey also indiscipline Mr Zakour because he also raised some issues?,just give us break Mr.!!

  6. mutary gariba says:

    These are the guys Mahama Ayariga invited to help find solutions to our ailing soccer.These selfish coyotes who will never blame one of their own.We will get to no where until the executive committee or whatever they call themselves that strangely still see something good about Kwesi Appiah are disbanded.Oh mine,i remember when Nyantekyi always comes to vibefm studios as a panelist way back,hmmm..Sanni Diarra and Randy Abbey as sports presenters at Choicefm when it was then Sunshinefm,hmmmm

  7. Gyeabour dormaa says:

    I don’t know why this good for notin,chicken headed gfa guru’s are nt penalize by the known football administrator’s in Gh. If they open their bloody mouth is about Essien ,Muntari or KPB. I think the best thing for Ghana now is to follow suit with the country am always proud of Nigeria,NIGERIEN’s don’t take shit for granted. Gh.now hv to dissolved the corrupt FA n face stupid FIFA sanction.three years after we give the FA president to Muntari n I bet u Ghana wil win the World Cup bcos that man is justice and that’s the kind of leadership african’s deserve

  8. Boro says:

    The man is blaming the GFA for the inclusion of those indiscipline three players at the WC but not for any other reasons and I agree with him 100%. These trio found all the wrong reasons to be with the team late. I am sure they use the time to plot against the sucess of the team. Any intelligent person would have seen the bad intentions the trio have by their demeanour prior to the world cup. I thought people praised Harry for standing against the GFA . i guess they never knew what his reasons were yet routed for him, at least i can tell this from the negative response he is now getting here. I now know the kind of people we are dealing here at this forum. Some people hastily supported Harry before listening to what his reasons are. Hahahaha! I knew the three were pack of dynamite waiting to explode.

  9. mukmin says:

    Muntari and Essien deserved to Muntari especially he played the qualifers and he was our best performer at the world cup and his absence was felt in our game against Portugal he is a classy player. Essien and Prince are also players with class and tons of experience. The problem rests soley on gfa and coach Appiah. Why didn’t we have these issues in 06 and 10 when the Serbs were in charge? Appiah sucks as a coach period Milo was able to take the local black stars to the final of Chan when he barely had time to assemble a team. Hiddink took over a Chelsea team that sucked from Scholari and transformed it overnight. Other coaches have taken championship teams and wrecked them in one season ie Rafa Benitez took over a treble winning Inter and destroyed it, same with Moyes who took league champions and screwed them more than anyone could have imagined. Bottom line is that Ghana cannot afford to retain a coach as bad as Appiah and the only one who can be blamed for the disasterous results are the ones who hired him and instead of accepting responsibility for our performance they are trying to use these three players as scapegoats. How can you lay the blame of what happened on these three players who are not in administrative or managerial positions they are just players, how much damage can they do? It’s time for the FA officials and coach to resign if the have even a minute amount of dignity left.

  10. Johhny says:

    You are perfectly right Zakour. These three players instead of advising and guiding our players to behave well ganged up to create all these problems. They would not play the difficult part but wanted to show up in the last minute to market themselves since, age is catching up with them. They even went to the extent of instigating our players not to hnour the match between Ghana and Portugal hence the boys reported late to the stadium less motivated. They could not be bothered by the punishment that Fifa would have given us if we did not honour such a match.They have made their money and names already but would not let the young boys play and achieve same. Not only indiscipline but selfish. They wanted to play all the time whiles in team, however, apart from Mutari, Kevin and Essien are not in form and therefore, looked for the opportunity to market the little skills that they have got on the world market.
    I believe we have learnt our lesson. Indiscipline of this nature can never bring success and should not be torelated.

  11. Johhny says:

    You are perfectly right Zakour. These three players instead of advising and guiding our players to behave well ganged up to create all these problems. They would not play the difficult part but wanted to show up in the last minute to market themselves since, age is catching up with them. They even went to the extent of instigating our players not to honour the match between Ghana and Portugal hence the boys reported late to the stadium less motivated. They could not be bothered by the punishment that Fifa would have given us if we did not honour such a match.They have made their money and names already but would not let the young boys play and achieve same. Not only indiscipline but selfish. They wanted to play all the time whiles in team, however, apart from Mutari, Kevin and Essien are not in form and therefore, looked for the opportunity to market the little skills that they have got on the world market.
    I believe we have learnt our lesson. Indiscipline of this nature can never bring success and should not be torelated.

  12. Crusader says:

    If Harry fought Nyantakyi , then what basis does he has to refer the behavior of the trio as indiscipline. He should not forget that these players have been able to tolerate this current FA cartel for too long.
    I don’t want Harry to talk about indiscipline because of the brawl he has with Nyantakyi.

  13. Dimex says:

    Who is Zakkour, he shd shut de mouth up. How come a ziguener (someone without a country) tells us what to do. Poor Ghana

  14. Collins Cudjoe says:

    There we go again. Ghanaians and hypocrisy. OMG
    Was Egypt the only nation we played? Oh my fellow countrymen. Oh I see how we are suffering.
    Harry is right. People who know much about football said same thing before we went for the world cup. Indiscipline players who think they have money so don’t respect anybody. Do you guys insulting Harry Zakkour know much about football than him? Make you shut up and listen to him. Indiscipline youth who is think they know everything. Shut ur mouths.

  15. Frederick M says:

    Who is the Mumu making comments. Zakkaro or whatever your name is, do you just open your mouth and say don’t take this person to World Cup? Why should they have been excluded? Do you think World Cup is legon cup where you need kids to go and start smelling messi cologne and taking pictures to post on Instagram because they lack experience and that’s the height of their career??? Abeg, shut up and go and sit down somewhere. It’s the fault of these ppl that keep giving anyone microphone to talk nonsense.