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14.05.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: Sulley Muntari’s Call For AFCON Inclusion Too Late – Fred Pappoe

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: Sulley Muntari’s Call For AFCON Inclusion Too Late – Fred Pappoe

Former Ghana Football Association vice president, Fred Pappoe has reiterated that the call for Sulley Muntari’s inclusion for the Africa Cup of Nations is late.

The former AC Milan midfield kingpin has been out of the national team since 2014.

The 36-year-old was dismissed from the camp of the Black Stars after damaging gadgets belonging to Moses Armah Parker.

Muntari has apologized to the country for his behaviour during the World Cup in Brazil but yet to feature for the country.

Dr Kofi Amoah, Chairman for the Ghana FA Normalization Committee on Metro TV last week Thursday revealed that Muntari has expressed his desire to play for the country ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

However, the Accra Great Olympics chief believes the call for Muntari’s inclusion ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations is late.

“Whether Dr Kofi Amoah comes to say he's talked to Sulley Muntari is immaterial,” he told Kumasi FM. “Coach Akwasi Appiah decides whether to select Sulley Muntari or not. The technical team have their criterion for selection into the Black Stars.

“The most fundamental thing is that we've played a number of matches to get the team where they are and what exceptional thing is he bringing to the extent of making space for others who sacrificed in playing the qualifiers, does he deserve to be in the team than those players?

“Sulley is my son and he is very dedicated but I feel the call came in a bit too late. It’s too late a call to be considered and for us to spend our time discussing,” he added.

The provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is expected to be released on May 20.