Former GFA Boss Reveals How He Begged Ex Ghana Coach To Send Muntari to 2010 World Cup

Former GFA Boss Reveals How He Begged Ex Ghana Coach To Send Muntari to 2010 World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM
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  • Former Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has disclosed the role he played in helping Sulley Muntari play at the 2010 World Cup
  • The former AC Milan and Inter Milan star was a member of the Black Stars team that reached the quarter finals of the competition in South Africa
  • Sully Muntari has not played for the Black Stars since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after he was sent home for dissent

Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed that he knelt down to beg for Sulley Muntari to be included in the Ghana squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Despite winning the UEFA Champions League in 2010 with Inter Milan, Muntari was not in coach Milovan Rajevac's plan for the tournament.

And according to Kwesi Nyantakyi, he had to persuade the Serbian trainer to send Muntari to the World Cup in Qatar.

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Former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has opened up on how he convince Milovan Rajevac to send Muntari to the 2010 World Cup. Credit: @ghanafaofficial Getty Images/ Cameron Spence
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“Yes, in 2010 I did it. I did it twice, not even once,” the former GFA President told Joy Sports as quoted by Pulse.

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Muntari scored the opener in the famous quarter-final clash against Uruguay at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

However, Diego Forlan's equalizer forced the game to extra time, where Asamoah Gyan missed the opportunity to make Ghana the first team on the continent to reach the last four.

Ghana lost the game on penalties as Uruguay progressed at the expense of the four time African champions.

Muntari has played in three World Cups for Ghana, starting in 2006 to 2014.

The Black Stars return to the Mundial in Qatar this November and they have been paired alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

Former GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi believes Brazil will win the World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Kwesi Nyantakyi believes Brazil are favourites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup following their rich run of form in recent times.

The Selacaos defeated Ghana 3-0 in a friendly during the international break.

Richarlison scored a brace to add to Marquinhos early header. Nyantakyi, who was speaking to Kick TV GH, assessed the Black Stars team as he tipped Brazil for success in Qatar.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.