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2014 World Cup: Michael Essien facing Ghana FA rap for refusing to warm-up before Portugal clash

Published on: 02 July 2014
Michael Essien

Midfielder Michael Essien is in hot waters with the Ghana Football Association for staying away from the warm-up before the final Group G match against Portugal in Brasilia.

It is unclear why the AC Milan player decided to boycott the pre-requisite, which was supervised by assistant coach Maxwell Konadu.

But the widely held view is that, he was protesting against the sacking of his pals Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng for violent behaviour and indiscipline hours before the match.

The Ghana Football Association has vowed to wield the disciplinary axe on the former Chelsea player for his indiscretion.

“I think that the coach just mentioned to you that he had just referred the case of Michael Essien-he is made his recommendations; management will take a position on that,” Nyantakyi said on Wednesday.

“We are not going to condone any case of indiscipline. You can be the best player in the team. If you don’t behave yourself the axe will fall on you.

“You must also bear in mind that indiscipline is infectious. If you don’t amputate it from the team, it will spread and affect the rest of your players.”


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • grant says:
    July 02, 2014 10:42 pm
    God is watching
  • dj says:
    July 02, 2014 11:07 pm
    The press conference this idiots organized was most annoying. Shifting blame and failing to take responsibility for their stupid actions and inactions. I expected kwasia appear to resign but the fufu and akrantie eating moron will just not do the rational and moral thing. I am so disgusted by the morons and idiots running our football I wish I had the ability to direct bees to sting them till the run and leave our football for sensible peopke like Tony baffour
  • dj says:
    July 02, 2014 11:10 pm
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  • Boro says:
    July 02, 2014 11:48 pm
    I still cannot undertand why he was even included in the team in the first place. How did we benefit from his so called experience? A complete waste of space!
  • ben says:
    July 03, 2014 12:33 am
    How about corruption? what do u do about? MR GFA Boss And Akwasi Appiah?
  • Rasheed says:
    July 03, 2014 01:01 am
    DJ,I am interested in that company.I want to beat ugly and corrupt Nyantakgie mercilessly.
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 01:21 am
    Essien has been one of the most discipline players of this era and that's undisputable fact! For him to do that means that he was not happy and the blame should be put squarely on the incompetent gfa! Why was essien included? Ghanaians has short memories because essien was our best player during our last game in Kumasi, our playoff game in Kumasi and his contributions was very vital at that time! Ghanaians erroneously think that a player input should be measured by his play on the field and that's ridiculous to say the least! Some players are indeed in a team to take over the locker room because of their experience and essien didn't do that becasus he was probably pissed off with the mgt or the fa! The players are not fools and they are human beings like the so called mgt members and for them to see that our CORRUPTED FA MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES are relaxing in business class whiles they are in economic class makes them think twice! We are all Ghanaians and we all have the LEGENDARILY 6TH SENSE! What's so special about NYANTAKYI for him to be chilling in a business class whiles the famous players are in economic class? What's so special about that lawyer who cldnt even practice his profession!! C'mon fellas, the players did what they did because they were fed up with those bull from these wretched old whores calling themselves executive members! KPB said that his room was flooded and he lost his luggage's and am sure that this has been going on for ages and these fa members don't give a hoot about it! This has a been a vicious cycle and the players were fed up with it! Am 100% that, our useless, good for nothing thieves were chilling in suites with their numerous CONCUBINES mudging on cookies all on poor Ghanaian tax payers monies! What happened in Brazil is termed as the ANIMAL FARM! All animals are equal but some are more important than others and I salute and congratulate SULLEY,ESSIEN, KPB, THE AYEW BROS for their gallant REVOLUTIONARY WORKS! Fianlly, I know that they have said tat there ll be DRASTIC CHANGES in the MGT but I know that these are all talks as they ll bring out ANOTHER CONNECTIONS TO STILL MILK THIS FAILED STATE DRY and hence it ll be BETTER FOR US TO UPROOT THE CAUSE!! All of them should go!
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 02:25 am
    If this government really know and understand the magnitude of what we did in Brazil, they ll start arresting some people now! This history ll never be erased and I guess the blame ll be associated with this Adm!
  • jackie appiah says:
    July 03, 2014 02:48 am
    Ghanaians paaa! Whiles your good for nothing ughly minister was washing my dross in Brazil, we had hope of winning the WC haaas
  • jackie appiah says:
    July 03, 2014 03:33 am
    Ghanaians paaa! Whiles your good for nothing ughly minister was washing my dross in Brazil, u had hope of winning the WC lol
  • koffers says:
    July 03, 2014 03:45 am
    the government flew $3M to brazil for the players appearance fees and if i’m correct, the appearance fee was paid to the players. there were 23 players and each got paid $100,000.00 so (23×100,000 = 2,300,000), if $3,000,000 – $2,300,000 = $700,000 then where is the remaining $700,000.00?
  • Experience Coach says:
    July 03, 2014 03:52 am
    GFA should be ashame of itself. First of all, leave the players alone and start implementing what Ghanaians are asking for before we even talk about the players. Why do you want to punish them where by Nantakyi has been the main culprit. Mr. Nantakyi and Coach Appiah must resign. If they are playing deaf ears, then I suggest the players, all of them, should boycott the shit they are trying to impose on them. This is stupid. They represent Ghana and not Nantakyi nor Appiah. Ghanaians do not want your leadership anymore. Mr. Mahama must step in this ASAP!!!
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 04:23 am
    NYANTAKYI went with his wifey and two kids chilling in business class and the question is this, who PAID FOR THEIR TRIP? OMG! Am 100% sure that his wife is on the fa pay roll and the kids are also pay per hour just like the players! Who paid for their hotel bills? Who paid for their trips and sight seeing in Brazil? Who paid for their food drinks,beverages ? Who paid for their free shopping in the most expensive shopping mall in Brazil? If NYANTAKYI paid for all these bills from his own pocket, then is absolutely true that this man is a fraudster and been fixing our matches! And if not, then it means all his family bills were borne out of the fa account from the poor Ghanaian tax payers monies! By the rivers of Oman Ghana where we sat down and cried our eyes out when we remember how we have BECAME THIRD CLASS CITIZENS IN OUR OWN LAND! LORD SHOULD HAVE MERCY ON US!
  • jb says:
    July 03, 2014 07:23 am
    Selfmade you're very intelligent, I have never heard any indiscipline behave from Essien ever since I got to know, for him to do that need proper investigation. We shouldn't believe that good for nothing coach
  • keith from germany says:
    July 03, 2014 07:52 am
    @ Selfmade word up mate u hit the right nail on the way.i couldnt agree with u more. esseien is very dedicated n descipline so there might be sonething behind his complaining. i will never watch a blackstars match again. Italian trainer Cesare Prandelli retired the same day Italy failed to qualify from the group as well as the italian FA president Avete. Can that be said of AA and Nyantakyi. tweeeeaaaakaaaiii
  • Ghanas son says:
    July 03, 2014 10:40 am Join the facebook group to sack Kwasi Appiah. The will of the people is the will of Ghana. Not few greedy bastards
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    July 03, 2014 11:23 am
    Mahama and other leaders sacking the gfa members and mmanagement team as well as the coaching staff that went to brazil is the bravest n intelligent thing to do to restore trust among the team members, future players, n the people of ghana. They won't do that because doing that is admitting this whole brazil debacle was an epic gross embarrassment to ghana, future possible trade talks with other countries, etc. Obama respected us so much we were the first African country he visited as president. How can nations going forward have an honest bi or multi lateral trade with us with corrupted leaders making bone head ddecision flying money becos they didn't plan right? All of them r corrupt - NDC NPP etc. Best way for them to get it as to hit them in their pockets. That's what we do to rich racist people in america. Every one boycott black stars future games, don't buy jerseys, don't watch their games for as long as it takes until there is change. Don't participate in the African cup qualifiers, the cup itself, world cup qualifiers,