Ghana's Muntari doubtful for Congo match
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Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari is doubtful to start Sunday's crucial 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying away match against Congo in Brazzaville, team officials said.

The Sunderland player, who is nursing a calf injury, did not train for the second straight day with the Black Stars, who have set up a five-day training camp in Kenya in preparation for the Congo game, and a friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday.

"I am feeling some pain. I have to see the team doctor to certify whether I would be able to play or not," Muntari said. "Even if I don't play in Congo, it is important to be with the team at this time."

I am feeling some pain. I have to see the team doctor to certify whether I would be able to play or not.
Sulley Muntari

The former Inter Milan star, who was forced to limp off with the leg injury early in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool last Sunday, was released by his English club after pledging his commitment to turn out for the Black Stars in the two matches.

Ghana lead Group I with four points from two matches. A lot hangs on the outcome of their game against Congo in regards to their qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings visited the team at their training at Nairobi's Kasarani stadium to give them some tips on how to score penalties to win matches. Rawlings, who is the African Union special envoy to Somalia, said he was disturbed by the way Ghana bowed out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after being eliminated on penalties by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.