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AC Milan star Michael Essien wants no special treatment in World Cup selection

Published on: 24 February 2014
Michael Essien expected to feature for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Midfielder Michael Essien insists he expects no preferential treatment when being selected by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah for the 2014 World Cup.

The AC Milan star is deemed one of the sure bets to make the Black Stars squad for the summer World Cup in Brazil.

Essien has only started enjoying regular first team action at club level following his January move to the San Siro.

The 31-year-old had become a bit-part playing during his latter days at Chelsea – having recovered from a series of serious injuries.

He however remains one of the coveted Ghanaian players abroad but says he wants no special treatment amongst the variety of players coach Appiah must choose from for the World Cup.

“I expect to be treated like any other player by the coach,” he told Supersport.

“I don’t expect any preferential treatment. The coach will ultimately decide who is selected to go to the World Cup and my job is to train hard, play well and make myself available for selection.”

Essien could be excused from Ghana’s international friendly against Montenegro on March 5 – a greatest indication his position in the World Cup squad is secured.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • askantwi says:
    February 24, 2014 03:52 pm
    May be John Antwi at Ismaelia of Egypt should be taken a look at. He is making a lot of waves.
  • magnum says:
    February 24, 2014 03:22 pm
    My kind of player, God bless you.
  • askantwi says:
    February 24, 2014 03:27 pm
    He should be called for the Montenegro match to test his level of fitness and sharpness. The midfield is ghana's engine room, and every prospect should be givien the chance to justify their inclusion. Emmanuel Frimpong, Frank Acheampong, Mohammed Rabiu, Anthony Annan, Michael Essien, Mohammed Abu, Afriyie Acquah and Alfred Duncan should all be called and given the chance to show their stuff. For the Strikers, we already have Gyan, Wariss and Prince so I do not think anymore strikers are needed. After all, Assifuah, Yiadom and Jordan do not cut it and should not be considered.