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Video: Agyemang-Badu dedicates goal to returnee Michael Essien

Published on: 04 June 2011

By Patrick Akoto


Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu dedicated his classy goal to teammate Michael Essien who made a return to the national team after a one-year absence.

The Udinese player netted a thunderbolt in the 78th minute that sealed a 3-1 win over Congo in a Nations Cup qualifier four minutes after goalkeeper Richard Kingson has made a howler to reduce the deficit to 2-1 against Congo in the game.

He ran to the dug-out to embrace the Chelsea ace.

Agyemang-Badu paida  glowing tribute to the man who played his first match for the Black Stars after a year absence due to a career threatening injury.

"I dedicate the goal to Essien because he has given me lots of support and confidence," Agyemang-Badu said.

"I told him I was going to score during training and that is why I went to him after the goal."

The Udinese star looks to have taken over the midfield position from Anthony Annan.

Watch video of the goals of the Congo game below:

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This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Goro says:
    June 04, 2011 05:16 am
    I have read many comments on this forum, with the majority of the people criticizing the decision to start Agyeman Badu ahead of Derrick Boateng or Anthony Annan. I would like to hear what those people have to say about the performance of Agyemang Badu...was he not perhaps the best player in the game?
  • icantstopbeingarsenalfun says:
    June 04, 2011 06:51 am
    Goro,i was one of them..I was on fine game but let see what he will bring in his next game again...His goal was classic
  • icantstopbeingarsenalfun says:
    June 04, 2011 06:51 am
    My bad He* instead
  • keith from germany says:
    June 04, 2011 06:56 am
    im one of the few guys who always supported agyemang badu n even his self made chief critic sabacious is aware of that. in a team u kno need a workhaholic type of player n badu is one.he is not the man for the skills but rather for interception of opponents moves. sabacious why are u hiding urself?u kno im not praising badu just becuz of his good game against the congolese,i hav been an admirer of him for a long time.
  • kwame says:
    June 04, 2011 08:22 am
    What at all should Ghanaians do to Richard "Olele" Kingston. huh
  • Mustapha Slomo says:
    June 04, 2011 08:30 am
    Yes Agyemang Badu had a tremendous game but doesn't he always? His work ethics and industry are beyond reproach. He has proven time and again that he has what it takes to play at the highest level and I'm extremely happy that he is gradually cementing a permanent position in our midfield as it should be. As for Essien, I wish he would win more balls in midfield; he only broke up the opponents play just once during his entire stay on the field. This puts a lot of stress on the midfield thus players like Agyemang Badu have to work overtime to stabilize the midfield. Essien just refuses to tackle in midfield and that is not good enough.
  • Goro says:
    June 04, 2011 10:07 am
    Leave him alone~ In time, all matter will be decided. Appiah was not directly pushed out of the national team, he was left alone and when all the signals pointed towards his exit, he graciously exited. I believe Kingson would do the same...when? that is not would come to pass when Ghana finds the right replacement for him~
  • Miki Djan says:
    June 04, 2011 01:41 pm
    i think our midfielders are very good. What Ghanaians must be careful of is how we treat the ageing and fading ones. We must rather let them encourage the young ones and teach them some of their stuff before they leave the scenes else we will return to the days of pele and yeboah where big gaps were seen after their departure.... Olele must be honored even though we need replacements... we must not insult him...
  • keith from germany says:
    June 04, 2011 11:44 am
    mustapha slomo good point there.
  • starlish says:
    June 04, 2011 06:31 pm
    he was my MAN of the match