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Why Muntari snubbed Gyan for Stephen Appiah

12:41 GMT+3 09/06/2017
Sulley Muntari Ghana
The former AC Milan man has run the rule over his former national teammates regarding their leadership qualities

Suspended Ghana international Sulley Muntari says the leadership of former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah, "by far", stands above that of current skipper Asamoah Gyan.

Muntari is privileged to have worked with both men between 2002, when he made his international debut, and 2014, when he last played for the 2015 Afcon finalists.

"Stephen by far... because Asamoah is just a young one; Stephen had been there for so long, he made the Black Stars Black Stars,” Muntari told Starr FM, when asked to chose the better captain.

"He [Appiah] was amazing on the pitch and off the pitch, he made sure that we were comfortable around him, he was an amazing leader. 

"Asamoah is doing his best but Appiah is way ahead.”

Muntari's last involvement with the national team did not end on a good note after he was sent home from camp for assaulting a management committee member during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It has been three years down the lane, and the Pescara midfielder, who is still serving an indefinite ban from the team due to the incident, addresses the feeling of being left in the cold.

“I miss playing for the Black Stars," Muntari said.

"We made the Black Stars what it is today. And I love representing my nation.

“I always enjoyed playing for the national team and as you know it is an honour playing for your national team."

New Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has refused to shut the door on Muntari, saying a recall is possible.