Ghana Legend Sulley Muntari Advises GFA and Black Stars Against Praying Spree Ahead of World Cup

Ghana Legend Sulley Muntari Advises GFA and Black Stars Against Praying Spree Ahead of World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari has reacted to the Football Association's spree of prayers ahead of the World Cup
  • The Ghana Football Association joined different religious groups last week to offer prayers for the Black Stars
  • The Black Stars are making a return to the 2022 FIFA World Cup after edging out Nigeria in the play-offs earlier this year

Former Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari has told the current team to work hard and luck will present itself, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Ghana Football Association has been on a praying spree for the Black Stars in hopes the team excels at the World Cup in Qatar.

However, the 38-year-old believes the team can only succeed if they work hard.

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Sulley Muntari has rejected the GFA's fasting and prayer appeal ahead of the World Cup. Credit: @ghanafaofficial
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"Let's hope, not pray, because prayers don't do anything. You need to be in the effort. Work hard and the luck will come with it. The prayer will also help, but if you sit there and say we should fast and pray for the Black Stars, isn't God close to Israel?" he told Dan Kwaku Yeboah TV.

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He said prayers should be combined with dedication if the Black Stars were to succeed.

Muntari was part of Ghana's team that reached the quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The then Inter Milan midfielder scored the opener against Uruguay, as Ghana bowed out of the tournament.

The Ghana Football Association meanwhile, led by Kurt Okraku, paid a visit to the national mosque last Friday to offer prayers for the team. The act was repeated on Sunday when the GFA attended the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in Accra for Christian prayers for the team.

Muntari apologises to Moses Parker

Sports Brief also reported on Sulley Muntari solemnly apologising to former Black Stars management team member Moses Parker, eight years after the World Cup brawl.

The former Inter Milan player was sacked from the camp at the World Cup in Brazil over disciplinary issues.

The ex-Hearts of Oak midfielder revealed he felt remorseful after the incident and has since been looking for Parker to beg for his forgiveness.

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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.