Veteran Ghanaian coach J.E Sarpong has urged Coach Kwesi Appiah to swallow his pride and call-back Barcelona new recruit, Kevin-Prince Boateng into the Black Stars.
The 31-year-old, who is under indefinite suspension from national duties, was sacked from camp alongside Sulley Muntari during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil for verbally assaulting head coach James Kwesi Appiah.
Although Appiah has revealed his readiness to welcome Kevin-Prince Boateng back if he formally apologizes for the unfortunate incident, Coach Sarpong believes the Technical handlers of the Black Stars should call him (Boateng) but it shouldn’t be after he apologizes.
“If the coach is willing to work with him, he should call him but it shouldn’t be like an apology first before he hands him a call up into the national team”, he told Agyenkwa FM in Kumasi.
“I even doubt if Kevin-Prince Boateng will avail himself for call up because he is now enjoying his footballing career”, he stated.
“Ghana needs Kevin more than Kevin needs Ghana now so we should swallow our pride and call him if the coach will need him in his game plan”, Coach J.E Sarpong emphasized.
“Kwasi Appiah is a humble coach and does not talk much in public but I believe he might call Kevin in the coming days”
“Since Gyan is not scoring these days I believe inviting Kevin to partner either Gyan or Emmanuel Boateng will be useful to Ghana”
“Quality players are troublesome but they are manageable so the technical handlers of the national team should be able to manage him and they will get their results”, he ended.
Boateng made his Barcelona bow in a 2-0 loss against Sevilla on Wednesday, January 23, in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey. He has been capped 15 times for Ghana and boasts of two goals.