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Ex-Ghana star Polo advises Essien to quit international football

Published on: 04 December 2012

Ghana legend Mohammed Polo has advised Michael Essien to quit international football if it will pose problems for his health.

Essien has not played for Ghana since featuring in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The on-loan Real Madrid player has delayed his return to the Black Stars due his fitness level after recovering from two serious knee injuries.

Last month, the 30-year-old asked permission to be excluded from Ghana's plans for the Nations Cup.

"What is happening to Essien is very sad. He was just in the process of  regaining his fitness and that allergy appeared," Polo, a 1978 Nations Cup winner, told the Finder Sports Newspaper.

"I think that he should retire if he thinks that he won’t be able to play as he used to."

"Every football player is always afraid to stop his career because playing is what he lives for; nevertheless, there is a life after football.

We have done it and I know that Essien can also do the same. He has so much to offer even after football."

Essien returned to training on Sunday after being sidelined for the past two weeks due to a allergic reaction.

He is on a season-long loan move from English Premier League Chelsea.


  • gyan says:
    December 05, 2012 08:07 am
    The is just giving his candid opinion,why insult him
  • Bengin says:
    December 05, 2012 08:58 am
    Dready u mature....props to u 4 de apology buh is tru polo talks too much,he shd kip his mouth shut n leave essien n Ducan alone....polo suport duncan 4 him 2 b succesful
  • Dready says:
    December 05, 2012 06:40 am
    Well,i do apologise but i think he talks too much.
  • sam va says:
    December 05, 2012 04:06 am
    this polo guy talks like a radio.are u the one to yell someone to quit football?if u have nothing to say just shut up.
  • Nana Kwadwo says:
    December 05, 2012 02:40 am
    Phillbanger or whoever you are. You are accusing Dready but look at the words you are using. To me, you all stand on the same scale.
  • phillbanger says:
    December 04, 2012 11:59 pm
    Dready tell your monkey mother to shut the u have respect for your elders.what did he say wrong that u have to insult him.i gues u lack u lack education.i but u did not even make it past kindergatten.stupid idiot.
  • Dready says:
    December 04, 2012 11:25 pm
    Polo should shut the fuck up.he talks too much,why?
  • Mojahadine says:
    December 06, 2012 10:09 am
    He must be broke that is why he keeps on trying to play. If he had saved all his money he should be able to retire right now while he can stand upright. A word to the wise is sufficient.