Ex-Ghana defender Samuel Osei Kuffour has described as untrue, claims by former Black Stars team manager Malik Jabir, that he sanctioned his ejection from camp prior to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Bayern Munich defender has narrated the events that led to his dismissal from the Black Stars camp during the tournament in Mali in an interview with Joy FM.
Malik Jabir in an interview some months ago revealed that he was responsible for Kuffour being sacked from camp because he put up insubordinate behaviour.
Jabir also claimed that most of the senior players in the squad violated camp rules by sneaking out to a night club. He further revealed that when the team’s technical team got wind of the information and swooped the night club, all the players run away with the exception of Kuffour.
However, Sammy Kuffour has denied the allegations describing them as blatant lies.
“I think people get it twisted. All these rumours that were going on were lying. The big men, they know it. And I am so glad that the late Ben Koffie, apologised to me before he passed on,” he told Joy FM.
“I recently got a message from somebody that Coach Malik (Jabir) said he was the one that sacked me from camp. It kills me; you know I respect him a lot”
“As an elder person, you don’t go on the radio and lie…with all due respect it wasn’t cool, honestly,” Kuffour said
According to Kuffour so many things were not right in camp and he spoke out over the sub-standard treatment the playing body most especially had to endure.
“I was glad that I left, how did Michael Essien leave the camp in 2002?”
“Why did he complain about Derek Boateng cooking in his room? If players are comfortable will they do that? If there is a good cook, there is good food, will he do that?”
“Who organised Adidas for the team, it was me .We didn’t even have tee shirts. It was very bad,” he stated.