Sunday, December 7, 2014

"Boateng and Muntari must apologize before they'll return" - GFA



The Ghana FA says Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng will not return to the Black Stars squad unless they apologise for their misconduct that led to their indefinite bans.

The GFA insists there will be conditions on the return of the two players to the squad after new coach Avram Grant declared that the door is open for the Europe-based duo to return.

Some Black Stars fans were angry over Grant’s declaration that the two players will return without stating that there will be conditions attached to their possible return to the Black Stars.

But the Ghana FA spokesman, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, has backed the new coach’s declaration insisting that his quest for discipline as a key factor for call-ups is an indication that the two players must apologise before they are considered.

“Coach Avram Grant has not said anything different from what pertains. The fact that he said the door is open for them (Muntari and Boateng) doesn't mean they will be considered for selection automatically, Sannie Daara told Muntea FM.

“The coach said one of the key conditions for call-ups is discipline. This means the players must abide by the demands for apology before they are considered.

“It is still on the files that the (two) players are suspended indefinitely so for them to be considered, that suspension must be overturned.

“It is the reason why the coach said discipline will be a key factor in call-ups so the two players must do the right thing before they are considered.”

The two players are currently serving an indefinite ban from the side, after being dismissed from Ghana’s World Cup squad in June for disciplinary problems.

Muntari was punished for allegedly assaulting a member of the Ghana Football Association during a row over bonuses.

Boateng paid the price for what the GFA called gross acts of insubordination towards then-coach Kwesi Appiah.

Grant said inasmuch as he is willing to work with the Schalke and Milan players, who were sent home at the World Cup for various acts of indiscipline during the tenure of Kwesi Appiah, the two must prove their willingness to return.

According to him, every Ghanaian has a chance to be called into the Black Stars once the player can prove “quality, good mentality and willingness to sacrifice for the nation.