Sports News of Thursday, 31 July 2014
...wants him in 2015 AFCON squad
Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan has advised his international teammate Sulley Muntari to apologise to Ghanaians to facilitate his quicker-than-expected return to the Black Stars ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The AC Milan star has been frozen out of the national team following physical confrontation with a top Ghana FA official.
The 29-year-old attacked Medeama president, Moses Armah, in an unprovoked manner during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, forcing the Ghana FA to suspend him from international duty indefinitely.
However, the pocket-size midfielder, who is currently a free agent after leaving German side Schalke 04, has urged his teammate to apologise even if he thinks he was right.
“I was not in the camp, and so I’m not privy to what actually happened,” he told Takoradi-based Aseda FM
“But like an old adage in Ghana, no matter how righteous you may be as a child, when you clash with an elder, you will always be deemed to be the guilty one.
“And so I think my colleague (Muntari) should apologise even if he thinks he was right.
“He should find a way to apologise to the Ghana FA official and Ghanaians. It doesn’t make you less human.
“He’s my brother and we need him in the Black Stars. Sometimes things just happen but we must be humble enough to accept our mistakes even if we think we’re right.
“The collective good of the nation is paramount in my view. He’s one of our finest players, and we need him to be in the team.
“Apology will not spoil anything. In fact, it makes you gain more respect from people.”