Nyantekyie wants K.P issue in 'dustbin of history'


Nyantekyie, who thought he had convinced the player to continue his commitment to Ghana football before he announced his international retirement out of the blue last month says he has never doubted Boateng's quality.   But he hinted in a special countdown series on the OtiAdjei Report due to broadcast on TV3 at 10pm on Thursday that he was now getting fed up with the whole issue.   And he is adamant reports that he plans on talking the player out of international retirement are wide off the mark.   He said: "Kevin's issue is history. I don't have any intention of going back to him. Those who are there are capable of carrying the team on its shoulders. The strength of Ghana is always in the team and not individuals. None of them is indispensable. We went to the Nations Cup in Angola without Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Stephen Appiah.   Those were the best players we had at the time. Now we have Kevin, Gyan, Dede, Mensah and others. Kevin is not available. We must look ahead and not look behind.   "I thank God that Kevin's issue came two months before the Nations Cup," he added.    "If it had come any closer it would definitely have had an effect on our preparations and our chances of winning. It just happened like a storm in the cup. I think we must confine the issue of Kevin into the dustbin of history and move forward. We have very important assignments ahead and the immediate one is winning the Nations Cup. I have had meetings with the players and the issue I have drummed home several times is that we must not be bogged down by Kevin. Ghana's history is replete with so many cases of star players giving way to unknown people who became stars."   Boateng made nine appearances for Ghana in a short international career before quitting last month claiming his international commitments were taking a toll on his health. While the decision angered many his superb form for AC Milan has led to suggestions Ghana still needs him at highest level.