Former Bayern Munich and Black Stars defender Sammy Kuffour has finally opened up on why he was shown the exit door during the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Mali.
The center back was dismissed from Ghana’s camp after the team’s opening game against Morroco, it was reported that he sneaked out to a night club.
However, 18 years on and the 2001 Champions League winner has now shared his side of the story, revealing that he spoke against the terrible living conditions they had to endure at camp, and that led to his expulsion.
“Nobody was able to tell them that what they were doing was wrong, and I was so glad that the late Ben Kofi apologised to me after the competition,” Kuffour told GTV Sports plus.
“When he was launching his book I was there and he told me he was sorry. At my mother’s funeral he also apologized and said the way I was sacked from the camp was wrong.”
Sammy Kuffour went on to address the speculation.
“And they even said I went to the night Club which was not true because there was no night club even at where we were staying.
“I never regret being bold because I was concerned that some of the players could even catch some serious disease.
“Black Stars were eating by the roadside, a chop bar, you can ask any player.
“Why did Michael Essien leave the camp and went back? Has anybody asked this question before? The players were not happy with the situation,” Kuffour concluded.
Ghana made it out of Group stage with South Africa tied on 5 points, the Black Stars were knocked out of the tournament after losing 1-0 to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the Quarterfinals.
Cameroon were eventual winners of the AFCON after defeating Senegal 3-2 on penalties.