Sulley Muntari confirms retirement from football at age 38

Former Black Stars midfielder, Sulley Muntari has announced his retirement from football after almost two decades of being a professional footballer.

Sulley Muntari confirmed on Monday, 28th November 2022 that the time has come for his career to come to an end at the age of 38 after playing for the Ghana Premier League side Hearts of Oak last as requested by his son.

“I just did a few months with the local side [Hearts of Oak]. My son wanted me to play,” he told Sky Sports.

“I didn’t play for almost three years, then my son decided to ask me to go and play. I did that, but now I’m done.”

Sulley Muntari joined Hearts of Oak at the beginning of the year making a significant contribution to the club as they made their way to the FA Cup title and the President’s Cup, but he recently parted ways with them after failing to reach an agreement concerning an extension of his contract.

The 38-year-old began his career with Liberty Professionals in Ghana before moving to Italy to play for Udinese.

In 2007, he joined Portsmouth of the English Premier League, where he won the FA Cup in 2008.

Muntari represented Black Starlets at the 2001 Meridian Cup, and was later chosen for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship as Ghana took second place.

He won his first senior cap against Slovenia on 17 May 2002, and became a regular fixture in the team as The Black Stars opened their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

He played in three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014) with the Ghana Black Stars.

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