Ghana's forward Kevin Prince Boateng
After days of speculations, Ghana boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has played down claims that AC Milan star would bounce back in the Black Stars squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations 2012.
“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,” Nyantakyi was quoted as saying on ghanasoccernet.com.
Following a scintillating performance with AC Milan, there have been reports suggesting that Nyantakyi would contact Boateng and try to persuade him to reverse his decision to quit Ghana.
"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.
The 24-year-old forward has been under fierce criticism because of his lack of commitments to the Black Stars, since making a huge impact during the 2010 World Cup.
That performance put his struggling career on a fast track, earning him a dream move to the Rossoneri.
"Ghana’s history is replete with so many cases of star players giving way to unknown people who became stars. 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," he added.
Deprived of their best players, Ghana reached the final of the African Cup of Nations 2010 with a squad that included six young players from the U-20 team that won the World Cup 2009, only to lose to Egypt 1-0 in the final.
"I thank God that Kevin’s issue came two months before the Nations Cup. 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," Nyantakyi concluded.