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Muntari blow for Black Stars

By Michael oti Adjei
BBC Sport, Accra

Michael Essien comforts Ghana's Sulley Muntari after their defeat in the semi-final of the Nations Cup
Sulley Muntari is a key man for Ghana, but he will not be in Mali

Ghana will be without key midfielder Sulley Muntari for their 2010 World and Nations Cup qualifier against Mali.

He scored and set up a goal in Sunday's final game of the season for Italian champions Inter Milan.

But the Ghana Football Association says the player is out of the Mali game because of injury.

"Muntari will be not travelling with us because of an injury and he has sent us a medical report to back that up", GFA vice-president Fred Pappoe said.

The player's withdrawal is a further blow for Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac who is already without Laryea Kingston, Derek Boateng, Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan.

Ghana top group D with three points ahead of the meeting against Mali.

Muntari's withdrawal follows heavy criticism of the player after he had a confrontation with Ghana Sports Minister Mubarak Mutakar over winning bonuses ahead of the last qualifier against Benin.

It is not known if he will be available for the trip to Sudan in two weeks time.

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see also
Kingston to miss Ghana qualifiers
21 May 09 |  African
Appiah out, Agogo in for Ghana
28 May 09 |  African
2010 World Cup tables
07 Jun 09 |  African

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