AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari hails Kwesi Appiah for leaving him out of Ghana’s 2013 Afcon squad

The midfielder feels the Black Stars coach did the right thing by leaving him out of his squad for the Afcon because he is yet to gain full fitness
Ghana international Sulley Muntari has conceded it was “impossible” to break into the Black Stars’ squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after recovering from injury and yet to gain full fitness.

Coach Kwesi Appiah omitted the left-footed player from his Nations Cup roster when he disclosed his 26-man provisional squad on Thursday.

Muntari, who is just recovering from a knee ligament injury, said “It’s better that the national team coach takes players to the Africa Cup of Nations who are 100 per cent fit and I’ll stay here.”

“I’m sorry to be out of the national side, but it’d be impossible to be sidelined for six months and then go straight to the Africa Cup of Nations,” Football Italia quoted him to have said.

However, Muntari believes the decision comes as good news for Milan, who recently lost Nigel De Jong for the rest of the season with injury.

“De Jong is a big loss for us, but I’m back playing now and we’ll try and do well for him,” Muntari stated. “I have to stay fit and try to help the team and do whatever the side and the coach asks of me.”

He said: “Now we want to win the last two games before the winter break and then start the New Year as best we can.”