By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Retired Ghanaian footballer – Derrick Owusu Boateng has come to the defense of Sulley Ali Muntari for the unfortunate incidents that happened in the camp of the Black Stars during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng got sacked from the Black Stars camp for what officials then termed as gross insubordination.

It was alleged that Sulley Muntari engaged in a physical confrontation with Moses Armah Parker [a management member of the Black Stars at the time] over issues bothering on unpaid appearance fees of the team whiles Kevin-Prince Boateng was also sacked for verbal assaults on James Kwesi Appiah who happened to be the coach of the team.

But, having his say on the issue on #Untoldstories on Starr [103.5] FM on Saturday, June 27, Derrick Boateng jumped to the defense of the former Inter Milan and AC Milan star, saying Sulley was rather sabotaged by his colleagues because of his kind heartedness and his hate for hypocrisy :

“Sulley Ali Muntari was clearly sabotaged by his colleagues in Brazil.

“Sulley Ali Muntari hates hypocrisy and I feel that’s why he was sabotaged by some of the players in Brazil because he always wants the best for his colleagues.

“Sulley Muntari is one of the guys with a kind heart in the Black Stars .”

According to Derrick Boateng the players should have stood up for their colleague when management decided to kick the player[s] out of camp.

“I felt so sad when Sulley Ali Muntari was banned from the team because I felt the players should have spoken out against such decision because that guy [Sulley] is a good guy.

“A lot of things happen in camp and the players try to be the saints but it’s not good.”

Derrick [37] recounted how Sulley resisted a move by officialdom to place local Black Star players in an Economy Class instead of Business Class.

“Sulley Muntari resisted a move by black stars officials to place local players in an economy class and foreign player in business class,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Kevin-Prince Boateng later came out to with wild allegation that the Black Stars had become a cash cow which officials was using in milking the state [Ghana].

The German born Ghanaian further reiterated that the team was divided into factions but he was glad he belonged to the anti-corrupt squad – Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Adam Kwarasey, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and himself.
As wild as this allegation was, the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry that was set up by the government of Ghana after the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup could not ascertain the truth or otherwise of that scathing allegation.

Derrick Boateng, a naturally gifted ball juggler was a key member of the Black Satellites team that won silver at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina.

He was also part of the Black Stars that participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups in Germany and South Africa.