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Muntari Saga Continues

Joseph Opio/The New Vision/ Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Controversy over Ghanaian Sulley Muntari’s row with Coach Milovan Rajevac.

Sulley Muntari is a man blessed with a larger-than-life ego. Muntari’s latest tantrum, though, could be as symptomatic of Ghana’s inter-generational conflict as the mid-fielder’s exaggerated sense of self-worth.

There’s life after a foul-mouthed tirade against one’s coach after all. Just days after France’s Nicolas Anelka was kicked out of the World Cup for an expletive-laden attack on Raymond Domenech, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari survived a similar fate thanks to dramatic, late-night interventions from senior players and the national Football Association’s (FA) boss. The Inter Milan forward seemed on the verge of being ejected for a shocking outburst against Coach Milovan Rajevac after Ghana’s 1-all draw against Australia. But, fearful of disrupting team harmony, influential captain Stephen Appiah and Ghana’s FA president Kwasi Nyantakyi interceded on Muntari’s behalf to avert what was shaping up to be a full-blown crisis.

A vague statement from the GFA stated that while, “Muntari reacted angrily and in a manner that was offensive to the team's code of conduct, he is still a member of the Black Stars team at the World Cup”. But according to Ale Aeinafe, a Ghanaian radio journalist, Muntari remains in South Africa only due to acts of diplomacy and politicking from the biggest players in Ghanaian football.

“It all came down to the GFA boss and Appiah,” Aeinafe revealed. “By Monday evening, it seemed like Muntari’s fate was sealed. Rajevac wanted nothing to do with him. He even...

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