Sports News of Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Black Stars management committee member Yaw Boateng Gyan has fingered his nephew Kevin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien as the masterminds of problems in Ghana’s World Cup camp, insisting that they should not be invited to the national team again.
Gyan, who is the board chairman of Bofoakwa United and a member of the ruling NDC party, was in the Black Stars camp in Brazil as they failed to reach the knock-out phase of the World Cup.
But off the field problems conspired against the Black Stars in their quest to reach at least the semi-finals of the World Cup, resulting in the dismissal of Muntari and Kevin Boateng for various disciplinary problems.
Boateng Gyan says the three players were responsible for the agitation in the Black Stars camp when their bonuses failed to arrive as promised by government, insisting they should not be handed national team invites in future.
“We considered Sulley, Kevin and Essien as senior players and even invited them with Asamoah Gyan, the skipper of the team to some of our meetings to share ideas,” Boateng Gyan said.
“However, they took advantage of that and exhibited high level of indiscipline by bringing their wives to camp.
“Meanwhile, we had stated categorically clear that no player was supposed to bring his wife or girlfriend to the Black Stars camp.
“It came to a point that their wives were struggling with us on the use of the official vehicle provided by FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee for our movement.
“I never knew there could be such level of insubordination in the Black stars camp until this tournament.”
The NDC party organizer, who is also a club owner of one of the traditional teams in Ghana, says only disciplined players should be invited to play for the country.
“We should guard against selecting players who are disobedient. Even if the player is the Pele of the moment, we should ignore him and move on.
“I think the nation won’t forgive us if we repeat the same mistake, as we move forward,“ Boateng added.