Kumasi born Mohammed Muntari ’s second half inclusion was not enough to save The Maroons (Qatar) from defeat at the hands of The Tricolors (Ecuador) by 2 goals.
The Qatari national football team had hoped to seal victory in their first game at the World Cup first held in the Middle East but their lack of depth was evident as Ecuador captain Enner Valencia struck twice with a spot-kick and header to bury the game.
The Maroons now must gain victory against the Lions of Teranga on Friday to have hopes of advancing from Group A.
The Qatari team is an assemblage of foreign nationals including Mohammed Muntari, a Kumasi born and bred chap.
The Ghanaian-born naturalised Qatari footballer plays for Al-Duhail SC as a striker.
The 28-year-old played street football in Sabon Zongo, a surburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Muntari started out with Golden Lions Soccer Academy, owned by former Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey.
He was picked up by the Aspire Academy and left Kumasi to play in Qatar. After years of development, he switched nationalities to naturalise and play for Qatar in 2014.
Mohammed Muntari has had playing stints with El Jaish, Lekhwiya, Al Ahli and now Al-Duhail.
The TI Ahmadiyya Senior High School product reportedly has 49 caps with 12 goals for his country.
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