The ex-AC Milan and Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari decided to join Ghana premier league, Hearts of Oak the second most successful club in the Ghana Premier League, with 20 titles to their name, last month after several years abroad.
Muntari has previously featured clubs such as Deportivo La Coruna, Udinese, Pescara, Sunderland, Portsmouth, and Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad. He is a 2010 UEFA Champions League winner in Europe.
The shocking revelation we got from graphic.com.gh website has it that the ex-Black Stars winger, Sulley Muntari, is paid just GH¢1 each month for playing for Accra Hearts of Oak, making him the lowest earning player in the league.
Here Is Why Sulley Muntari Became Selfless and The Lowest Earning Player in The Ghanaian League
Explaining how Muntari came to sign for the club, a member of the Hearts board of directors, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, said about five months prior to the player joining the team, the experienced midfielder had met with the club’s board chairman, Togbe Afede XIV, and demanded a huge amount of money which the Phobians could not afford.
However, subsequently, Muntari who played in the Italian Serie A, English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga during his illustrious career backed down on his demands and surprisingly offered his services for free.
”Sulley originally contacted myself and Togbe Afede that he wanted to play for Hearts. He came down and we had a chat with him, but for the amount of money he wanted in dollars, we told him point-blank we did have even though we would be excited to have him.
‘So, he left for South Africa and came back. This time around, when he [Muntari] returned and came to us, he said he wasn’t going to charge anything, but Togbe said no because it was not done that way in business. Togbe Afede said record must be there to show that you’ve done something [worked and earned a wage/salary] and then Sulley said he’ll charge us GH¢1 a month”.
He said the player’s demands sounded too good to be true since they could not believe how a player who made some outrageous demands a few months earlier would turn around to play for free.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe said Muntari’s offer epitomised his selflessness and his presence in the Hearts team had been very helpful to both the players and technical team who were tapping into the experience of the 37-year-old player.
”Recently Togbe visited them at the training grounds and called Sulley to ask him how much he was going to charge the club to which Sulley said GH¢1. So, Togbe used that opportunity to advise the boys on what selfless duty was all about,” Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe added.
The Hearts board member emphasised that even the player’s movement to and from training was self-financed by himself as the club did not even buy fuel for him.
”We don’t even buy fuel for him. What I said we want from Sulley was his experience because even the coach [Samuel Boadu] is learning from him.”
“I came in, I got the chance to play for the club, it’s a big team here, the guys are amazing, coach and the staff also.
“So, I am very pleased to be here and also the fans are making things right, I’m home and it’s just a joy to be here.”
“I’m pleased but the most important thing is Hearts of Oak now,” Muntari said in an interview with StarTimes.
By: Michael Djan
French Tutor and Digital Marketing Blogger/Content Writer and GhanaWeb Blogger @ frencheducationgh.com