Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yammin has twisted the knife further into Sulley Muntari after asking the AC Milan ace to apologize unreservedly to Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
The midfielder showed gross disrespect to the Black Stars coaching staff by questioning his substitution in the 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Lesotho in June.
He later confronted the coach in the dressing and unconfirmed media reports say the 28-year-old used abusive language on the trainer.
Muntari’s refused to grovel for his unprofessional act is likely to deny him a call-up for Ghana’s final Group D Brazil 2014 qualifier against Zambia on 6 September.
‘I think it is proper and right for Sulley to apologize for his behaviour towards coach Appiah in the Lesotho-Ghana game,’ Yammin said.
‘Why am I saying this? He is a senior player and should set a good example for the young players to follow.
‘Discipline is key to every success story, and as we strive for our third World Cup appearance, we must ensure that we instill discipline in the team by setting good precedents.
‘It appears coach Appiah is not happy, and the earlier Muntari apologizes for his rude behaviour, the better it will be for him.
‘In as much as we need him in the team, overlooking what he did to the coach will set a bad precedent, hence the need for him to apologize to serve as an example to all the players.
‘He must apologize to coach Appiah before the Zambia game in Kumasi if indeed he wants to return to the Stars fold.
We must back coach Appiah to instill discipline in the team.’
Muntari has had problems in the past notably his F-word bust-up with then coach Milovan Rajevac at the 2010 World Cup finals.
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