Hours before Ghana is set to play for its World Cup life, the Black Stars have kicked two of their most experienced players off the team.
Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been suspended indefinitely from the national team, according to the Ghana FA.
Muntari physically attacked a member of Ghana's management team, Moses Armah, during a meeting on Tuesday. Muntari, 29, was already suspended for Thursday's game due to yellow card accumulation. Boateng, meanwhile, launched a "vulgar verbal" tirade at coach James Kwesi Appiah during training this week and "has since showed no remorse for his actions," causing Appiah to ban him.
The incidents are the latest in a turmoil-filled World Cup for Ghana. The national team has had to play down reports of a player revolt after the group-opening 2-1 loss to the USA, and The Telegraph has alleged that members of the organization have been involved in a match-fixing scandal, something that Ghanaian FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has emphatically denied. Ghana's players also took issue with a lack of World Cup bonus money being paid out, which resulted in a plane with $3 million being flown to Brazil to prevent a potential boycott.
Ghana is set to play Portugal in Thursday's Group G finale, needing a win and help to make a return to the knockout stage. Ghana trails the USA and Germany by three points, and it trails the USA by two and Germany by five on goal differential. It's possible that Ghana could still progress, but doing so would mean overcoming both on- and off-field adversity.