Appiah calls Boateng vulgar

2014-09-26 11:56
Kevin-Prince Boateng (AFP)

Johannesburg - Kwesi Appiah has finally spoken about the controversial sacking of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Ghana's camp in Brazil.

According to the website, The decision to expel the Schalke midfielder and AC Milan's Sulley Muntari dominated global headlines but the recently sacked Ghana boss says Boateng is particular was incorrigibly vulgar.

"Kevin Boateng, on several occasions, was using foul words such as the “F word” in training and most of the time I kept quiet and pretended I hadn’t noticed.

"My Lord, he directed it to me on two occasions and he did the same with some of my technical team members,” Appiah went on.

The 54-year old was certain that he had no option than to sack Boateng when the player repeated the action in the presence of his teammates and he (Appiah) felt this could negatively influence the younger members of the squad.

"He did it in front of all the players and I kept quiet over it because that was a day before the game against Germany. After the Germany game, he did the same thing after which I expelled him from the training pitch.

"My intention was to let him know that it is not acceptable to use such words in front of everyone."

The coach continued: "For me if it was between just the two of us, I would have ignored it but repeatedly doing the same things in front of the young ones was something we could not tolerate."

He also took time to enumerate a number of issues he believed needed to be resolved when asked by the commission about what improvements he felt needed to be made going forward.

"Issues of appearance fees need to be resolved before the team leaves to start preparation for a competition," he said.

He also suggested that in future tournaments, the number of additional personnel who joined the team during tournament should be whittled down to enable players focus.

"We need to reduce the number of people who join the team especially at the [team] hotel and also only players should be on the bus to give them full concentration to prepare and not the camera crew."

Ghana's ongoing commission of inquiry is led by Justice Senyo Dzamefe, an Appeals Court judge, and its mandate is to get information on what led to the country's spectacular failure in Brazil.

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