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04.02.2010 Sports News

Muntari given World Cup hope

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Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has been given some hope of playing at the 2010 World Cup after head coach Milovan Rajevac revealed he has a place in his squad.

Rajevac confirmed that the Inter Milan ace was dropped from his squad on disciplinary grounds.

"I went to Milan before issuing the final team list just to talk to Muntari plus to talk to Balotelli and also for Sulley to assist with Balotelli because they play in the same team. I spent two days in Milan, I called, sent him messages; he was informed I was there but for two days he was not responding," the Serb explained on Wednesday

"After that I thought he didn't have reason to play so I dropped him. I spoke to the other players who missed the Angola game and asked them if they wanted to play in the Nations Cup because I wanted players who really wanted to be there and they said yes.

"That was all I wanted to do with Muntari. After that Sulley called and apologised and we sorted everything out. It was a misunderstanding."

Although a young Ghana team finished runners-up at the Nations Cup, Rajevac itching to welcome his experienced players back from injury.

  "For the World Cup you need players with experience, all of them: John Mensah, John Paintsil, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari. They will be important players for the World Cup but it depends on them and how much they want to play because I want players who are willing to give off their best for Ghana."


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