Muntari keen on FA Cup triumph

15 years ago

Ghanaian international midfielder Sulley Muntari will go into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against West Brom eager to avoid a second semifinal defeat in a major tournament on the bounce.

Muntari was a key part of the Ghana side that was dumped out of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in the last four by Cameroon and says he is desperate to avoid the same fate in the most famous club Cup competition in the world.

"I do not want to lose in two semi-finals in one season because they would break my heart. A player wants to win every game and I am no different. Winning the FA Cup would help me get over Ghana's loss, but first we have to get past West Brom, which will not be easy", he told the Daily Telegraph.

Muntari scored the winner for Portsmouth in their thrilling but controversial win over Manchester United in the last eight and says he is now desperate for a winner’s medal which will be the first of his professional career.

"I have never won a trophy in my career and it would be nice to change that. I am a winner and I do not like losing so I want to win the game on Saturday and go on to lift the FA Cup with Portsmouth.

"It is important for this club to win something and we now have the chance to go and do that. The only trophy I have won as a professional is a pre-season one and I think it is time I changed that.

"It would be perfect to pick up my first piece of silverware in my first season at Portsmouth."