Sulley Muntari achieved his first cap for the Ghana national side at the age of 16. He made the squad for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships where he helped Ghana to a second place finish. His performance at this tournament confirmed his position as one of Ghana’s most talented young players, and he made his debut for the senior national team, the Black Stars, against Slovenia in 2002.
Muntari has since gone on to enjoy a successful career with the national squad. He has played in a number of tournaments including the Olympics, the Afro Nations Cup and the World Cup.
He was first selected for the World Cup squad in Germany in 2006, scoring two goals against the Czech Republic which lead to a win for Ghana and helped them to secure the second spot in their group.
One of Muntari’s most successful performances in the Black Stars shirt was during the 2008 African Cup of Nations. He scored two winning goals in the tournament as well as a crucial free kick in the third place play off against Cote d’Ivoire.
The goal he scored against Guinea was voted one of the best goals of the tournament, and he was also voted as an ‘All-Star Player’ of the Championship. More recently Muntari was a key member of the Ghana side who reached the semi-finals of the Afro Cup of Nations 2012.
He has, to date, scored 17 goals for Ghana and has been capped 73 times in the midfield position.