Ghana today took the brave decision to expel two of their key men from their World Cup squad, hours before the Group G decider with Portugal. Kevin Prince-Boateng and Sulley Muntari will play no further part in the Black Stars World Cup campaign, even if it is only for this evening.
Both players have been suspended indefinitely for different reasons, Prince-Boateng (formerly of Spurs, Portsmouth and Milan, now at Schalke) apparently verbally abused his manager. A statement from Ghana read: “The decision was taken following Boateng’s vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week.” This was followed by, “Boateng has since showed no remorse for his actions which has resulted in the decision.” Boateng denied the offence telling German newspaper Bild: “No one should think that I insulted the manager. I’m now leaving and wish my teammates best of luck for the game.”
Sulley Muntari, formally of Portsmouth, now at Milan, was reported to have physically attacked a Ghanian team official, Moses Armah but would have been suspended for the Group G clash anyway.
Prince Boateng does not play for the same national side as his brother Jerome (formally of Manchester City, now at Bayern Munich) who elected to play for Germany after being born in Berlin. Jerome will be hoping to have a much better World Cup than his brother as Germany are one of the favourites to make it all the way to the final.