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Ghana ace Michael Essien frightened to play in Cairo

Published on: 13 November 2013
Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien says he uncomfortable travelling to Cairo for next week's World Cup playoff against Egypt.

The Chelsea ace, like most of his international teammates, would have loved to face the Pharaohs on a neutral ground.

The recent unrests and outbreak of violence in the Egyptian capital is scaring majority of Ghana's star players.

FIFA has approved the venue as safe to host the decisive clash on 19 November after receiving

But Essien, who scored in the first leg 6-1 win, has admitted he is frightened to play in Cairo.

"I am not afraid or scared of the Egypt team. But I am frightened to play in Egypt because of the on-going fights over there," Essien told Accra-based Asempa FM.

"We have nothing to do about that because we are told to play in Egypt and we will do just that."

Essien played in Ghana debut World Cup appearance in 2006 but missed the last edition in South Africa due to injury.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Saxcee says:
    November 13, 2013 03:06 pm
    @coconuthead, at the end of the day he didn't score that goal. I don't have a problem with you individual crediting Essien but for a site like GSN to say this then i must say it's pathetic.
  • 233 WebSolutions says:
    November 13, 2013 02:29 pm
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    November 13, 2013 02:28 pm
    I will not be so hard on GSN here. It was due to Essien's hard work and exploits that the Egyptian captain kicked the ball into his own net. We can give Essien credit here for creating what led to that goal. I believe he was passing the ball to Ayew and the Egyptian happened to be in the way and providence had different ideas here. Go easy on GSN here!
  • Big Boss says:
    November 13, 2013 02:08 pm
    @Alfredo, I advised myself against visiting this site because of their numerous acts of STUPIDITY but somebody just drew my attention to this one. They also claimed in another article that Rabah Madjer is a Morrocan, LOL! I don't think they can ever improve without purging their team of SSS drop-outs! Hahahaahaaa!
  • Alfredo says:
    November 13, 2013 02:01 pm
    GSN, you are damn blasted LIARS! Essien never scored in the 1st leg in Kumasi as you want readers to believe! Were you watching a different match? I really don't know why you're refusing to improve after all the criticisms! Please put a stop to silly misinformation such as this!
  • Pinkus says:
    November 13, 2013 01:39 pm
    FIFA should be ashamed to hear this. If this unrest was in Ghana will FIFA have approved Accra or Kumasi as a final venue? All the fight for plane level field and fight against racism is complete fluke.