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2014 World Cup: Black Stars camp near full house with arrival of Michael Essien

Published on: 27 May 2014
Michael Essien has arrived in Ghana's camp in the Netherlands

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana’s camp in the Netherlands is near a full house following the arrival of AC Milan star Michael Essien on Monday.

The experienced midfielder took part in the training session moments after his arrival having been granted permission to absent himself from the Black Stars’ four-day training program in Accra.

The ex Chelsea star says he is ready to give off his best as the Black Stars look to impress once more again at the World Cup in Brazil.

"I am delighted to be back with the Black Stars. I am coming here to give off my best for the country," he said.

Essien’s arrival now means only Sulley Muntari is left to complete the squad of 26 players expected to continue with their preparations in Arnhem towards the 2014 World Cup.

Mubarak Wakaso and Adam Kwarasey who originally didn’t travel with the team from Accra on Saturday night have all joined the team.

Kevin-Prince Boateng who was also not part of Ghana's early preparations has also joined the team.

The team is currently based in Arnhem where they will be preparing for the next few days before moving to Rotterdam to face the Netherlands in an international friendly on May 31.


  • Mumbi says:
    May 27, 2014 08:21 am
    @ tymer, stupid rabies infected dog. Go and visit veterinary workers for vaccination like what Selfmade & kukuphilly did and stopped barking.
  • bobby and blazer says:
    May 27, 2014 09:38 am
    Mumbi keeps on coming here becos his country is boring.Aoooooooooooooooo poor Mumbi. Have u finished scrubbing yr slave master's toilet? If so get yourself some cow dung to eat.Lol
  • 21guns says:
    May 27, 2014 07:01 am
    Essien where have you been? I hope you gave DR AA a tangible reason. Guys let not be aggressive on Muntari and essien they can't just decides to exclude themselves from the team if not some important family issues and other personal problems, And for those who are writing essien off,essien will go to Brazil his experience is needed in times of experience sake, essien can deffend and dribble watch what he did to the egypyians defenders it meand playing for a team differs from playing for your country. #twitter :@the21guns
  • Andy D says:
    May 27, 2014 07:02 am
    Yeah the maestro is back....I was also one of the serious critics of essien until I watched him play against Egypt @Babayara stadium.....Ghana needs him..We need him..forget him being rusty and blah blah blah
  • 21guns says:
    May 27, 2014 07:06 am
    Ghanain deffenders should be aware especially Daniel Opare and Jonathan mensah, Christian Ronaldo dives good better best than the American multiple medalist (MICHAEL PHELPS) The deffenders should be aware of this and a times when he dives I wins a penalty.. Be aware He have set and break many records with his dives...
  • zackbentum foreign says:
    May 27, 2014 07:08 am
    Hope our pensionneers are not showing levels of arrogance
  • Mumbi says:
    May 27, 2014 07:27 am
    What about Mary Appiah and Rebecca Boateng, are they not joining the camp yet?
  • tymer says:
    May 27, 2014 07:37 am
    @mumbi they're not joining the team, rather your cheap president, under achieving fa chairman and a host of other hiv infested man-animals from your poor zombie land were seen queuing and falling over themselves to get autographs of the mighty black stars players.
  • DORMEH says:
    May 27, 2014 07:52 am
    It's great to have players like M.Essien and Sulley Muntari in the black stars team and i hope they'll make it to Brazil.
  • tymer says:
    May 27, 2014 11:19 am
    @mumbi apart from hiv infestation and ugly people, what else is zombia known for? Pathetic sub-humans.
  • Boro says:
    May 27, 2014 02:00 pm
    Any of the players in the squad could have one reason or the other to excuse themselves from the BS camp. I hear Essien and Muntari are yet to report to camp. Neither Essien nor Muntari will try this attitude on say Mourinho or Seedorf. AA never tolerate this kind of behaviour in your camp if you really mean to do well in this world cup. These duo will never stop pushing their boundary especially Muntari. If Nasri has been dropped from the France squad due to indiscipline why not Essien and Muntari. As you can see these duo do not care whether you are a ' silent killer or loud killer'. They want to tell you that they are untoucheables. Show to us that you are in control or u shd forever hold your peace! Trade mark of black coaches, they always bend the rules.
  • Benito says:
    May 27, 2014 01:18 pm
    appiah should play essien in central defense,he will bring leadership,organization and experience,then play rabiu in d.midfield with muntari....i can't wait for 16
  • ISagbere says:
    May 27, 2014 06:08 pm
    Boro just quit hating on Essien n mutt air they even not worry about u ... They are even more know Ghanaians than u ...wether u like it or not mutter me essien are needed in this team to make it successful one in brazil ...