Former Black Stars coach Mariano Barreto has lashed at Muntari’s questionable character which he thinks has been the problem of his otherwise beautiful career.
The 58-year-old Portuguese manager is believed in many quarters as the person who laid the foundation to Ghana’s historic qualification to the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.
Muntari was expelled for breaking camp rules during Bareto’s reign at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.
“That dismissal from Athens 2004 was the last mistake he made during my time. It was not only one mistake. When he made the first mistake, I called him, advised him and warned he would be expelled from camp if he broke the rules once more.
“If you remember, he came crying and apologising. I never kill my players in the media.”
Similarly, at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Muntari was sent home before Ghana’s final group match with Portugal for an “unprovoked physical assault” on Moses Parker, a Ghanaian official over discrepancies in appearance fees.
The robust midfielder is still serving an indefinite suspension imposed by the Ghana FA in the aftermath of the Brazil 2014 debacle, although he has expressed regret in various circles of the media.