Kevin-Prince Boateng blasts Ghana's 'amateurish' World Cup preparations
JUL 01, 2014 5:12a ET
Kevin-Prince Boateng has blasted the Ghana Football Association, labeling their preparations for the World Cup as "amateurish".
Schalke midfielder Boateng was sent home in disgrace from the squad along with team-mate Sulley Muntari after a series of heated rows.
Boateng verbally insulted coach Kwesi Appiah during a heated team meeting, while Muntari was reported to have physically attacked GFA official Moses Armah.
The duo were axed from the squad just hours before their crucial match against Portugal, which Ghana lost 2-1 to leave them bottom of Group G.
Former Portsmouth and Tottenham ace Boateng claims the GFA failed to live up to promises it made to him before arrival in Brazil, and that the tournament itself was a nightmare.
"I would have never have thought a World Cup preparation could be organized that badly, Everything was amateurish," Boateng told Bild. "The nightmare started on the first day of preparations and lasted until the final day.
"The GFA president (Kwesi Nyantakyi) visited me in Milan begging me to play for Ghana again. He gave me his word that we would have better travel, better organization and preparation. He has not kept his word. In the end, I was just still dissatisfied.
"It was a nightmare from the first day of the preparation to the end," Boateng added.
"We flew to the first training camp from Amsterdam to Miami. However, we traveled in two groups, since there was no space. One group flew through Atlanta, the other New York. We sat for around nine hours at the airport - a total of 19 hours on the road.
"The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later took 12 hours and we sat and concentrated in economy class. The legs ached. It sounds strange for an average citizen, but for a competitive athlete that is a disgrace.
"The Ghana FA president sat in business class with his wife and two children. And then in Brazil, we finally had a charter flight but my luggage was lost. Two days without football boots â it was a disaster."
Boateng also hit out the standard of acomodation the players were forced to stay in during their time in Brazil revealing he was forced to change rooms in his hotel:
"I don't say hotel, it was a dump. I had to change rooms because my room resembled a private swimming pool with the ceiling dripping," added Boateng.