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2013 AFCON LOC chief Nonkonyana brands Essien as egotistical

Published on: 05 December 2012

South Africa 2013 Local Organising Committee chairman Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana has questioned the commitment of Ghana star Michael Essien and branded him as selfish.

The Real Madrid star, who turned 30 on Monday, has asked to be excused by Ghana for playing at the Nations Cup to fitness concerns.

The Chelsea loanee's decision has angered the LOC chairman who has branded him as selfish.

"That is selfishness in my view; it is very egotistical. It is time to instil in every player national pride." Nonkonyana told The Echo

"It cannot be right for any player produced [in Africa] to say I prefer my club.

"'It is time now for players to be proud of their own nations. The gentlemen we are talking about, they are megastars now as a direct result of the contribution of their national associations,'"


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • NEZA says:
    December 06, 2012 05:10 am
    Talk sense this guy is playing yet jonathan is injured but he will be in the team for 2013
  • jay black says:
    December 05, 2012 08:44 pm
    Mwelo needs to shut up. Just because he's been getting some game at real doesn't mean he's 100% yet. He's still recuperating. You can tell by the way he plays. Give him a chance to get his fitness back. I would do the same if i was him. The money he makes from his club pays his bills.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 05, 2012 07:16 pm
    **** caf! why should monkey/PLAYERS work for baboon/CAF/HAYATOU to chop SCOTT FREE. “It cannot be right for any player produced [in Africa] to say I prefer my club.
  • Ishark says:
    December 05, 2012 05:57 pm
    Please let him free his mind for what hes talking about is the fact
  • ze kalanga says:
    December 05, 2012 05:42 pm
    Essien has being like that since his days in france. i just dont like him.
  • BENNY says:
    December 05, 2012 05:43 pm
    dzi wofi asem
  • Job says:
    December 06, 2012 11:39 pm
    People like this Loc talked befor they think. Even, all that Abedi did it by showed talented in game, both competition and friendly matches what was his reward ?
  • carl louis says:
    December 05, 2012 10:30 pm
    **** dat loc chairman. This guy essien is fighting to save his career and u are calling him selfish. Pls do u remember wat happened to our former captain appiah. U better look before u leap mr. Loc
  • michael says:
    December 05, 2012 10:08 pm
    carry on Michael,we are more than happy to give you 10 years to warm the bench of chelsea, you are fast running out of football time, we prefer more younger, fitter, injury free, committed players.and did i hear you were 30?. is that ur football age or real age? better tell own up to your real age for the right medicine to work on you. For me you have never been commited to the national course so stop worrying our ears with your tired and injury prone legs.
  • Blow says:
    December 05, 2012 10:09 pm
    Tell that chief to focus on bringing Steve Pienner out of retirement and leave Essien alone.
  • Askantwi says:
    December 06, 2012 01:20 am