FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, AC Milan's Sulley Muntari during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. It is announced Friday May 5, 2017, the Italian soccer federation has rescinded Pescara player Sulley Muntari’s one-match ban for walking off the field in protest to racist abuse during a Serie A game. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, FILE)
I have never been a great fan of Ghana international Sulley Muntari.

For starters, the man considered one of the elder statesmen of Ghanaian football is a loose cannon and has serious disciplinary issues, which I believe harms his standing within African football as a senior citizen.

But for once, Muntari came shining through like a true leader I have always suspected he could be had his judgment not been clouded by the occasional rush of blood to the head which makes him clash unnecessarily with officialdom.

Muntari claimed this week that there are coaches in his native country, particularly those charged with handling junior national teams, who extort money from the parents of youngsters before offering them national call-ups.

This is not a new scandal. In fact, it has always been simmering all over the continent and even here in South Africa, we always hear of coaches fleecing parents of large amounts of cash and even demanding payola from players in order to guarantee them playing time.

Yet there had never been anyone brave enough to publicly come out in the open and condemn this practice, until now. Muntari deserves a shot of that famous whiskey for once being bold and displaying leadership by coming out to publicly address an issue that is destroying the growth of African football.

A coach is appointed to nurture and develop the skills of wide-eyed youngsters and turn them into national assets. He gets paid to discharge his national duties, but when unscrupulous coaches take advantage of their privileged positions to extort money from poor parents, they need to be exposed and shamed.

Not only do we have to deal with this cancerous issue of shameful coaches extorting money from poor parents in our midst, but there are also agents or football managers who are also said to wield enormous pressure over national coaches themselves.

There are agents that are believed to be paying national coaches and then exerting influence on them to select certain players into the national team to increase the marketability of the said players when they feature for the national team.

This corrupt practice is executed in such a way that it is often difficult to expose, but if you watch carefully, you often wonder why certain players are left out of the national team when everybody is convinced that on merit, such players deserve to be called up.

Even here in South Africa, we have witnessed in the past deserving players being mysteriously left out and players that do not even hold starting positions in their teams selected and even fielded in the national team.

It is up to the federations to carefully look out for such nefarious activities and if there is the slightest hint that coaches are being biased, that such coaches need to be exposed, like Sulley Muntari has done.