Sulley Muntari, a Hearts of Oak midfielder, has disclosed his friendship with former Ghana colleagues Laryea Kingston, Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan.
The five were part of a successful Ghana team that qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Germany for the first time. Sulley Muntari joined Accra Hearts of Oak in February 2006, and helped the club win the FA Cup and the President Cup.
Sulley Muntari has characterized his fraternal bond with former Black Stars colleagues Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, Asamoah Gyan, and Michael Essien. During their tenure with Ghana’s national team, the five developed a formidable relationship and were open to new players.
“We (Essien, Appiah, Asamoah Gyan, and Laryea Kingston) formed a bond in the Black Stars, we didn’t discriminate against the others and the new one,” he told Ghanaweb’s Kwabena Yeboah.
“We always welcomed them to the team, and because of the kind of relationship we had, nobody ever got upset,” he added.
The quintet created history by participating in Ghana’s first World Cup qualification in 2006, when the Black Stars competed in Germany.
Unfortunately, Laryea Kingston was unable to compete owing to disciplinary issues. The Black Stars made it to the round of 16 in Germany, but they outperformed themselves by going one step farther in South Africa in 2010.
Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan were the only two remaining members of the five players who competed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.