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Kevin-Prince Boateng blasts Ghana’s World Cup trip after suspension from national team

Jun 29, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

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Ghana veterans Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari were shockingly sent home early by coach Kwesi Appiah just a day before Ghana took on Portugal in a must-win group stage match.

According to the Ghanian FA, Boateng was sent home due to “vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio.”

But Boateng had a different story, one that started much earlier.

In an interview with German paper Bild, Boateng called Ghana’s World Cup adventure a “nightmare from the first day of preparation to the end,” calling the organization of flights and hotels “amateurish.”

Boateng complained about sitting in coach on flights across America during their World Cup preparation, calling it a “disgrace” for a competitive athlete to have to endure such conditions.

He said they stayed in a Miami hotel that had water dripping from the ceiling and his room was “a swimming pool.”

Then, when asked about his coach Appiah, he went off. Bild asked if Boateng thought Appiah was a good coach, he simply said “no.”

“Does he have a clue of tactics” Bild asked? “No.”

He said the Ghana squad was “not a real team,” saying “everyone was busy with themselves” and claiming a few players were happy he and Muntari were sent home.

When asked about his clash with Appiah, Boateng said he was simply joking around with Muntari, but Appiah took exception to whatever he said. Boateng told reporters he was confronted by the coach and was sworn at.  He also said the clash occurred on a Monday, but wasn’t suspended until a Thursday.

So…it’s hard to see Boateng coming back to the national team after this. Oh, he touched on that too.

“I love the country and the people, but under the circumstances it is hard for any athlete to continue playing.”

  1. jc4455 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Kevin-Prince should trade in his kingdom for one that has a higher per capita GNP than $1900 or wherever Ghana is at.

  2. jolink653 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Probably should have just declared for Germany like his brother did. KPB would have been a great addition to our roster if he were motivated and happy

  3. wwsiralexd - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    The Germans are undisciplined, said no one except Kevin-Prince Boateng.

  4. jbq2 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The Daily Telegraph in Britain said that there was an attempt to “fix” the games of Ghana. It would appear obvious that something was up when the coach who is the second lowest paid in the Cup benched two stars for the first half of the U.S. game. One was Boateng. Two more stars were kicked off the team before the Portugal game. The fix was in to make sure that the U.S. advanced. You add in the weak save with the score 1-1 against Portugal that went directly to Ronaldo in front of the net and you have a real case for conspiracy.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      That same goalie made several saves in the first half to keep Portugal off the scoreboard (and I think we can all agree he had to chance to stop the own goal), but he spills one that ends up as a game winner and now he must be on a fix? Sounds a little tenuous to me…

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