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REVEALED: Ghana coach confirms Michael Essien refused to warm-up before Portugal match

Published on: 02 July 2014
Michael Essien

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has confirmed midfielder Michael Essien refused to take part in the warm-up session before their final match against Portugal.

It is unknown why the AC Milan ace decided to boycott the pre-match requisite but it has been rumoured that he was expressing support for his close pals Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng who thrown out from camp.

Essien had lost his starting role in the team and played only one match- coming off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to USA in their tournament opener.

“I was there myself but when I went I back in there, my technical team said Essien didn’t take part,” Appiah confirmed.

“So I wrote it in my report and the management was suppose to take action but because the match was over and our tournament had ended nothing was done.

“I will leave it to the management team to decide the punishment for him.”

Two days after Ghana’s elimination, Essien gave a brief reaction to numerous questions and appeals asking him to advice Boateng and Muntari over their reported indiscipline in camp.

He seems to have rather defended the actions of the duo by replying on Instagram; “@acheamponglilian advice your so call FA not Sulley.”


This article has 31 comment(s), give your comment
  • luca says:
    July 02, 2014 04:45 pm
    ASEM...u think essein needs ghana black stars??..wit wat he has achieved in life, he can live without the black ask yourself why would he revolt or take a stand if everything else was done properly. Ghanaians shd open their minds n eyes...else these so called leaders who are nothing but corrupt officials will stuff their pot bellies some more...and come tell you bed time stories. Ur statement that they wanted to help essein is even stupid..cos which serious coach would want to select a player cos they want to help him...when they would actually b compromising their teams strenght.?.. If ur statement is true ..that they wanted to help essein..then its only tha confused coach who plays his best player in defence who would do that.
  • kesse says:
    July 02, 2014 04:51 pm
    AA...just ask urself why they dnt respect they respect their managers back at their various clubs.since you are not having their respect...why dnt you step aside for other person who ill gain their respect
  • Elvis says:
    July 02, 2014 04:32 pm
    silly talk! respect is earned...not demanded
  • Codjoe says:
    July 02, 2014 03:25 pm
    I didnt want to comment early, wanted to sit back and listen to all the comments and articles written but this issue in brazil. Now it pretty obvious something fishy was goin on with the technical team. Even though i dont the actions of muntari i see why he is upset because its nonsense. We dont need that many members on the background staff wasting peoples money
  • banger says:
    July 02, 2014 03:26 pm
  • Asem says:
    July 02, 2014 03:54 pm
    you've become nikanika and the Black Stars want to help you,you're bloffing! tweaaaaaa Esssien! no body isbigger than BS oo or it's their bona fide property!
  • wenchi moke says:
    July 02, 2014 05:07 pm
    A.A has lost his marbles,and there are more sordid acts yet to be brought to public.And to A.A,this is not the time of Kotoko,where you always held the team to ransom over "old Gyabaah's" contract.You will go,that's our will.
  • prez mahama says:
    July 02, 2014 05:32 pm
    essien's career has ended on the low...i weep for him
  • Boro says:
    July 02, 2014 06:01 pm
    Oh Ghana even a spent horse like Essien bluffs!
  • King Bobo says:
    July 02, 2014 06:25 pm
    That arrogancy will end them nowhere where is look at laryea kingson.
  • King Bobo says:
    July 02, 2014 06:30 pm
    That arrogancy will end them nowhere where is look at laryea kingson impudent guys.
  • King Bobo says:
    July 02, 2014 06:36 pm
    That arrogancy will end them nowhere where is look at laryea kingson impudent guys learn sense.
  • samedge says:
    July 02, 2014 06:40 pm
    Mumbi u see how Ghanaians are wise. No one has time for the rubbish u create. It will take zambians a million years to catch us up in intelligency.
  • OGYA says:
    July 02, 2014 06:43 pm
    You stupid uneducated idiot shut your stinking mouth up. Twerp.
  • texas says:
    July 02, 2014 06:47 pm
    coach fooooo paaa nie. resign ohhhhhhhh resign, operation kwasi gyimiii appiah must go now start 2 day, crusade, crusade, fire burn you kwasi appiah. silenk killer my foot. resign ohhh resign and save your little dignity 4 your fat asss wife and daughter. greedy guy , you and nyantakyi.. fire burn you all
  • SHANGO says:
    July 02, 2014 06:50 pm
    banger, you have made my day, In fact you are my best friend now and I am ready to even clean your shoes.
  • SHANGO says:
    July 02, 2014 06:52 pm
  • Johnny Wood says:
    July 02, 2014 07:17 pm
    These players (Kevin and Essien) feel too big. They won't play the qualifying series but want to start and get preferential treatement. Also they are not in form, considering the few times that they were in the team. They are just a waste. Don't call them anymore. They want a white man to coach them .Rubbbish, Many white coaches did not survive even though they had better players than Ghana. Look at England Spain, Italy. Also you need luck as well and not to score own goals. However,the group was tougher than we have ever had and the players are just average but not superstar.
  • King of King says:
    July 02, 2014 07:59 pm
    Essien deserved to play at world cup but it is clearly Coach Appiah didn't give Essien the chance to prove to to the world that he is not finished yet. I am sure that was one of the problems. Looking at the caliber of players we sent to world cup, Essien deserved to play. Essien is better than Rabiu,Badu, Wakaso, etc. who featured for Ghana.
  • Cofie says:
    July 02, 2014 08:01 pm
    Massa! His achievement was on the heals of Ghana national team. He made his name in England and in that country, you must make some number of appearances for your country before your work permit is renewed. You wait and see where there there is any rising for him. His fall will be quicker than expected. Mark my words. Not a curse though
  • Jaja says:
    July 02, 2014 08:09 pm
    3 best players having problem with the coach! it's easier to replace the coach!
  • jb says:
    July 02, 2014 08:44 pm
    How on earth people believe this stupid good for nothing coach, he and his gang destroyed black stars during his playing days, fighting with the legendary Abedi pele, then started fighting with the ayew boys,, now essien, kwarasey, sulley and only this corrupt FA will support him..sorry for ghana
  • koosebo says:
    July 02, 2014 08:53 pm
    Is mumbi from zambia? Now i know why he talks this way.he is uncircumcised.all zambians are ''koteboto'' circumcition is taboo in zambia.
  • kwakpi says:
    July 02, 2014 08:55 pm
    It hurts me 2 rily hear all diz hapnin 2 my beloved Blackstars and yet heads are not rolling! Do we jst sit and criticise and notin hapun? Or we shld tk d bull by d horn and protest! God help us
  • samedge says:
    July 02, 2014 08:57 pm
    Shango u dey? Hahaha
  • chris opoku says:
    July 02, 2014 09:08 pm
    Johnny wood, leave Essien and Kelvin alone and attack BS managment to stop corruption it won't help our mother ghana.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 02, 2014 09:45 pm
    I dey kanpke samedge ,and I have forgiven you.
  • Asem says:
    July 02, 2014 10:31 pm
    hmmmmm,why did he forced to go to the mondial then? you people,smh !!
  • concerned ghanaian says:
    July 02, 2014 10:56 pm
    First of all what went wrong at the camp was wrong.Gfa should have paid these players before the tournament. But I feel even if the money was paid there were some players who think they were above everybody. From gfa all way down to the players are corrupt. Ghana put most of these players on map through the under seventeen to the senior level. They talking about corruption? Some of them use to bribe the coached and the Fa just to get into the team during the junior tournament. Most of then connive with the association members to reduce their to able to get into the junior team. Is that not a kind of corruption?All along they knew who they were dealing with.Kevin boateng would have abandoned the team after the world even if he was treated right. The Germans knew who he was that's why upon all that talent they didn't give him the chance. You cant hold a whole nation hostage during an important game like that.Essien was wrong not to warm. He accepted the jersey when he was named. Any organization would have fined a player who refuse to play with legitimate reasons.Some of them were mad because they weren't selected.
  • Arafaat says:
    July 03, 2014 06:29 am
    Kwesi, for the sake of mother Ghana, please quit as a coach. What new skills have u got to offer the black stars? Are u going to a FIFA approved coaching school to better your skills or u are going to use the same old tactics that u used against Ghana-USA-Portugal? Oh poor Kwesi
  • Kelvin says:
    July 06, 2014 12:41 pm
    Koosebo you are an idiot! Why do you have to involve all Zambians? To hell with your rotten stinking circumcised dick. I would involve all Ghanaians over your stupid because I respect them. Mumbi's utterances doesn't call for your insulting all Zambians. Equally your foolishness doesn't call for my insulting all good, wise and respected Ghanaians. Grow up!