Head coach of the senior national team of Ghana, Avram Grant can't call Kevin-Prince Boateng into the Black Stars and here's why
From his switch of allegiances from Germany to Ghana plus his flourish at club level, national team football has played a role for Prince Boateng.
The love for the German-born Ghanaian in the senior national team of Ghana, however, inclined towards the ‘hate bar’ when he decided to choose when to be available for the Black Stars.
Excuses to miss qualifiers but suddenly making himself available for major tournaments was one Ghanaian fans did not take well. They felt players who struggled to get Ghana to the tournaments also deserved to play.
The entire hate him or love him battle on Kevin-Prince Boateng took a different twist creating a divided nation during the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
For some, Kevin-Prince Boateng was just standing up for the other players who could not make their point to the management of the Black Stars.
To others, that was sheer insolence. A player who was disrespectful. Someone who does not give the necessary respect to authority.
Kevin-Prince Boateng is reported to have targeted ‘vulgar verbal insults’ at the then Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah. The comments saw him get thrown out of the Black Stars camp during the World Cup tournament which saw Ghana turn into a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
Prince Boateng’s pal, Sulley Muntari was also suspended from the senior national team of Ghana for physically attacking a Black Stars management committee member.
The Ghana Football Association following a disgraceful World Cup tournament in Brazil asked the suspended players to officially apologize before being reinstated into the team.
German-born Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng has not.
Following a successful start to club football life at Las Palmas, the topic of Black Stars came up again with the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament also quickly looming.
The Ghanaian player said:
“It is for every player a big dream to play a World Cup. If there would be a chance to play a third world cup I would not say no,” he told CCTV Africa.
“There are not a lot of players who can say they played in three world cups. But before this happens we have to have a lot of talks because I don’t want to go back with a bad spirit. If I would go back, I want everything to be perfect so we can work perfect together.”
These comments from Kevin-Prince Boateng once again divided opinions on whether he should be called back into the Black Stars team.
With his current form and the lack of attacking ideas for Avram Grant’s team, this could be a great time to make amends, one side of the debate have this notion.
Others also believe you can’t pick and choose when to play for your country and that Ghana should forget about Kevin-Prince Boateng.
As it stands, however, Black Stars coach Avram Grant CANNOT call up Las Palmas midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng into the senior national team of Ghana.
Why? The player is SUSPENDED.
The vice-president of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie clarified the situation on Asempa FM in Accra saying:
“Avram Grant cannot call up a suspended player into the national team.”
Kevin-Prince Boateng might be looking for a way back into the Black Stars of Ghana. But as it stands, his situation is just beyond Avram Grant calling him into the next set of the squad he names.
It’s a different ball game.