Sulley Muntari has neglected boyhood club Owerriman FC and Konongo community: Chief laments

Owner of Owerriman FC Nana Batafo Acheampong Nti has accused the former Back Stars midfielder Sulley Ai Muntari of neglecting the club that nurtured him and the Konongo Community where he grew up.

Muntari and Nana Batafo

Nana Nti Batafo, who is also the Chief of Konongo has therefore called on Muntari to come to the aid of Owerriman FC and the Konongo Municipality by supporting development initiatives in the community.

Muntari played for Division Two side Owerriman en route to Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School in Kumasi before he was spotted by Liberty Professionals, where he got his breakthrough as a footballer.

''He started playing at a tender age at Owerriman FC before being transferred to Liberty Professionals in Accra in 2000 and was later invited to play in the national U-17 side,'' Nana Nti told the Daily Graphic.

''A year after, he got the opportunity to play professional football with Udinese in the Italian Serie A.''

Muntari is one of Ghana's most decorated footballers having won the UEFA Champions League, League and Coppa Italia with Inter Allies and the FA Cup in England with Portsmouth.

Nana Acheampong Nti is full of praise for the 35-year-old for his career successes on the pitch.

''Muntari has progressed from Division Two side Owerriman to play at the highest level, including Udinese, Portsmouth, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Sunderland and Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, among others. He has now established himself as one of the finest footballers in his generation.

''Just as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and other Ghanaian footballers are helping their people, especially in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, Muntari should realise that his community, peers and the team that gave him the platform to market his talent in football are also yearning for his support in various ways.''

Sulley Muntari has achieved a lot as a footballer as he was a member of the Inter Milan team that won a historic treble of UEFA Champions League, Italian Cup and the Serie A in 2010 and he has also represented Ghana in three FIFA World Cup: 2006, 2010 and 2014.


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