Sulley Ali Muntari has launched a scathing attack on coaches of Ghana junior national teams, insisting that they accept 'bribes' before selecting players to represent the country in recent times.
The 32-year-old, who featured for the U-17 team in 2000 before joining the Black Stars two years later, says many talented young players are currently overlooked because they can’t afford to pay their way through.
“Ghana has raw and amazing talent but most of them have to pay their way through to the top,” Muntari told GhOne TV.
“When I was picked to join the national U-17 team, I didn’t pay even one penny at that time to any coach. I was just picked because they liked the way I played.
“We need to go back to how it was and not about who you know. It’s your talent that will make you move forward and that is what we can do to bring the new generation up. Look at the players that have played at the youth level in the past, we don’t have such talent and hunger anymore.
"We should focus on our youth because there are lots of talents in various academies in Ghana but you don’t see in the national team,” he added.
The former Inter and AC Milan star also called on journalists and football association to help in solving the issue.
“I think the journalists together with the GFA should work hard to find a solution to this problem and help the nation. Most Ghanaians are not happy with what they are seeing in the national teams compared to players like Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, Sammy Kuffour, Abedi Pele and Augustine Arhinful,” he said.
Muntari boasts of 84 appearances and 20 goals for Ghana and was part of the Black Stars squad that qualified the country to its first Fifa World Cup in 2006.