FC Schalke 04 midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was suspended with immediate effect by the Ghana Football Association on Thursday, June 26 for insulting the Ghana Black Stars’ coach, Akwasi Appiah. Akwasi Appiah has denied ever using the ‘F’ word on Kevin-Prince Boateng. However, in an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild, Kevin-Prince Boateng insisted that Akwasi Appiah did say so.
According to him, the way the hotel accomodations, flights, and trainings were arranged was amateurish. The team travelled from Amsterdam to Miami after their first training in Amsterdam. There was not enough seats in the plane for the whole group to travel together. It was split into two groups then. One group flew via Atlanta, the other via New York. Their flight from Miami to Brasil lasted twelve hours. They flew with economy class, which made him uncomfortable because his legs were aching. He went on to say that although it may sound strange for an average citizen for him to complain on flying economy class, it’s a burden for a competitive athlete. He lost his bagage when he arrived in Brasil.
When asked whether Akwasi Appiah is a good coach, he said, “No”.
Moreover, he went on to say that Akwasi Appiah has no tactics and that he wondered why Akwasi Appiah visited him, while he was still playing for AC Milan, to beg him to play for Ghana again. President John Mahama promised him better travelling conditions, a better organisation and preparations. Unfornately, he didn’t keep his word and Kevin-Prince Boateng was unhappy about it.
Furthermore, he revealed that there wasn’t any teamspirit. Everyone was busy with himself. Some made others upset. Two or three players were happy that he and Sulley Muntari were suspended. He claimed that everyone knew that he didn’t insult the coach. None of the players were happy. He made it clear to the GFA and the management in a meeting that many things had to change. He told them right in the face that they were liars, making promises constantly and not keeping them.
He asked Akwasi Appiah whether he had any problem with him. The coach insulted him by using vulgar words such as “Fuck off”. The incident happened four days before his suspension.
Kevin-Prince Boateng found a white piece of paper under the door of his hotelroom on a Thursday morning with a note that he has been suspended.
He mentioned that he loves Ghana and the people and that he hasn’t resigned.
Currently he’s on holidays and he will return to Schalke in mid-july.