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What has Michael Essien said about all the allegations against him and happenings in the Ghana camp in Brazil? Read his statement

Published on: 02 July 2014
Michael Essien has issued a statement

The AC Milan star has issued a statement on the recent happenings in the Ghana team.

Read the full statement below.

I have monitored with great concern, the raging public and media debate about the reasons for the Ghana Black Stars’ early exit from the ongoing tournament in Brazil.

Like any other patriotic Ghanaian, and as an avid supporter and member of the Ghana Black Stars, I am deeply embarrassed and devastated by the team’s failure to make, at least, Semi Final berth we had publicly promised the good people of Ghana ahead of our departure from Accra.

While I will be the first to concede that not everything went according to plan before and during our participation in the tournament, I believe that destructive and vicious attacks and counter attacks on individual members of the team as well as the technical and management team are not the solution to the Ghana Black Stars’ problems. Instead, we must all embrace peace and seek a lasting solution for the team’s problems through decent dialogue.

I believe that building genuine cooperation among all stakeholders in Ghana Football remains essential for promotion of trust, transparency, and good governance to ensure prosperity of the senior national team, as well as the sport in general.

While I believe we desperately need a peaceful resolution of all the issues agitating our minds and the minds of all fans of the team, I hold the view that we can investigate and resolve these issues without further destroying the team.

I therefore urge all of us who continue to make public comments on the team’s painful experience of leaving the tournament as early as we did with just a point[from a possible nine points] to be circumspect in our discourse.

I also urge all involved to please remain calm and allow state authorities interested in investigating the issues at stake to do their jobs without any interference and come out with the truth. It is only then that we can learn from our mistakes and reform all aspects of our preparations for major football tournaments in order to restore the pride and glory of Ghana Football. I strongly believe that it is absolutely the right thing to do for the good and prosperity of Ghana Football.

I therefore want to offer my deepest thanks and support to all those who are urging calm and diligently working to keep the integrity of Ghana Football intact and to avoid any sort of further confrontation at the conclusion of this episode.

It is in keeping with the positions stated above that I have decided to refrain from responding to the GFA’s allegation that I had displayed acts of indiscipline before and during the Portugal game in Brazil. In deciding not to respond to the allegations, I am convinced that in the fullness of time, all the facts surrounding the entire episode will become public for the good people of Ghana to judge my guilt or otherwise.

Meanwhile, I wish to thank colleague members of the Black Stars and indeed all Ghana Black Stars supporters around the world, for their continuous support for the team, despite the team’s regrettable outing in Brazil. We may have failed this year, but the people of Ghana must continue to believe in the Black Stars.

Long live Ghana!

Long live the good people of Ghana!

Long Live the Ghana Black Stars!

Long Live Ghana Football!

Michael Essien

Ghana Black Stars


This article has 22 comment(s), give your comment
  • Emmanuel Aidoo says:
    July 02, 2014 10:31 pm
    My brother, you've done ur best and serve ur nation to the best of ur ability. Keep calm and focus on ur career till peaceful retirement. Know that u r a role model to others and whatever u do in this world, people will criticize irrespective of ur good intentions. God be with you.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    July 02, 2014 10:33 pm
    Only way forward is to make some drastic changes as far as management is concerend so there wont be any future problems..those days of getting rich over a players call to the national teams should be laid to rest as of now..i know for sure kwasi appiah did not select the players on his own will.player like adomah is not a world cup material.they should just let us know how much they sold the portugal game for and stop coming up with excuses.
  • Solo uk says:
    July 02, 2014 10:41 pm
    Thank you Essien for your comment and thank you for your service to Ghana in the past. I don't know whether the authorities would want to have you back but whatever their decision is there can be no denying of the fact you've done your part. Listening to the press conference today the picture I got was the authorities did nothing wrong but the players were just greedy, unruly and egoistic . I find their story very intriguing but this is Ghana for you like the proverbial Adam and Eve story shifting blames. Seriously kwasi Nyantakyi must be voted out period. As for Kwasi Appiah I like him as a person but as a coach he is the most useless I have ever met. He could even justify why he must be allowed to continue his job. When Thomas Moro asked him 2 reasons why Ghanaians should support him he was just beating about the amazon forest. His confidence and everything about him does not exude trust hence these guys would not kowtow to his leadership. Tactically he is extremely deficient and he must go. This is why I am on a campaign to see his back. Please go to Instagram and search SACK NYANTAKYI AND APPIAH. We seek to gather one million soccer fans to push him out.
  • Boro says:
    July 02, 2014 11:18 pm
    I listened to the latter part of the so called the FA's press conference but i thought what i watched was actually a FUNNERAL MEETING. i could hear a drunkard at the background probably bought by the FA who was shouting here and there and singing praises to the WICKED Nyantakyi. The FA actually had their way with the journalist. In the face of all the numerous available questions i could still hear a lot of questions being repeated. The journalist should have boycotted the press conference but i was so disappointed the way they allowed the FA to overwhemed them. The FA actually were not pressed enough!
  • selfmade says:
    July 03, 2014 12:05 am
    We ll sack the coach and still come back to square one! The problem is the corrupt mgt and not the technical or playing body! Prior to the WC, a executive mber of the fa came out to say that he has never heard of SCHLUPP before till AA show him his videos and this should tell Ghanaians the sort of peipel who are running our football! All that they care is about the money and they have no interest or love for it! Infact, most of them are there because of politics! WE DESTROY AND WE RE-BUILD!
  • Dre says:
    July 03, 2014 01:20 am
    Solo uk I couldn't agree with you more mate. To cut it short as a person I haven't got a bad word to say about kwasi Appiah but as a coach mate he is terrible his reading of football matches is shocking. We could all see in that Portugal match the boys heads were not there however Portugal were so crap and so tired all we required was energy because they could not handle the heat why would you wait 75 plus mins to make your first change in a game we only at the time needed one goal? I could go on but we would be here all day as I said it hurts me to say but he has to go. I'm not condoning the players I believe they acted terrible also but the gfa have to reshaped because they have been shown to be corrupt and we cannot have that at all. What a great opportunity we missed in this World Cup all for the sake of money life paa
  • Kessi in US says:
    July 03, 2014 01:21 am
    Essien---Your the TRUTH!! I was at the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC when the Black Stars made an appearance prior to Brazil. It was a apparently a fundraiser to help "others" get to Brazil. It was not clear to me who these "others" were but my guess is that it was to pay the way of some of the Ghana officials and administrators to Brazil. The event was so poorly organized and it was clear that the players were just being used as pawns, slaves if you will, to raise funds for "others". They did not appear happy. Having seen it for myself how they were being manipulated, I 110% am behind the players and do not believe anything coming out of the filthy mouths of GFA officials. Nyantanki et al, showed they're true colors by being caught on tape fixing matches! How much more proof do we Ghanaians need that these fellas have to go!! People of Ghana, hold men like Nyantanki accountable!! Not just in this soccer situation but for the country to progress, we must hold those in office to higher standards so the future will be bright for those behind us. Long Live Ghana!!
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    July 03, 2014 02:00 am
    Damn boy! I'm proud of u my fellow st. Augustines alum Essien. I couldn't have said that any better. By their fruits they shall be known
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    July 03, 2014 03:24 am
    Thanks Essien. Let's gfa and AA keep talking. By their fruits they shall be kknown. To borrow words from my favorite president Obama - "when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk"
  • koffers says:
    July 03, 2014 03:46 am
    the governemtn 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?
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    July 03, 2014 04:19 am
    Testing 123
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    July 03, 2014 04:20 am
    @Koffers, the 700,000 went to the minister that was fucking around with a whole in Brazil.
  • Nii Attuquaye Clottey says:
    July 03, 2014 05:29 am
    From your reportage so far,it seems to me that all the players want an investigation to the happenings in the camp of the Black Stars. why don't we as a nation grant them their wish for there maybe something fishy happening somewhere that we the good people of Ghana do not know.
  • Arafaat says:
    July 03, 2014 06:18 am
    Kweku Amponsah Essien, 4-get about black stars and concentrate on your career. Akwesi Appiah, Nyantakyi, and his so-called corrupt mgmt would never know peace until they quit the FA and the technical team. I have never seen a coach who is so ignorant than Kwesi Appiah. Look @ his substitution during the US-Ghana game. How can u take Atsu out and bring in Adomah when it was obvious that Atsu was putting pressure on Beasley. During the 2013 African cup of nations in South Africa, when Ghana met Burkina Faso, Mubarak Wakaso was our play maker in regards to all free kicks and penalties. Now when the game went into overtime in the second half, AA made a substitution. Who went out? Wakaso was changed. Knowing that he was taking all penalties for Ghana, why did he change him? We lost on penalties because AA made a stupid substitution. This is how poor AA is. God Bless Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Kevin Boateng. They have touched the nerves of the corrupt FA.
  • Assemblyman says:
    July 03, 2014 06:37 am
    Ghanaian leaders are just blatant liars...the original amount was $4.6 million beautiful Obama dollars..look,I am keep giving you guys updates from here in Brazil.most of the info I had given came to past and genuinely authentic.. I followed the press conference on the net.i was so disappointed that most lies were solidly defended by the FA.but happy those lying journalist who came to produce their own stories against the ones I had witnessed on wrongly accusing players for making the coach cry or refuse to train had been bogused. I am much surprised that Nyantakyi and co have got support from the journalists at the press conference .wow! All because of their stomachs.. Well,I henceforth retire myself as a supporter of Ghana football.i won't support black stars in particular anymore neither will I travel near this corruption infested team. I will never encourage my son to have a future with Ghana football.At least he has choices to play Romania where his mother comes from,USA due to my father or Australia where I hold residency permit and he does too . Monkey dey work baboon dey chop GFA ,,disgrace !
  • fred says:
    July 03, 2014 08:26 am
    This is bullshit you can go and tell your mother all these nonsense but not we Ghanaians.You are not patriotic at all, as a senior player a lot was expecting from you.You should have put Ghana first before anything else.You realised you will not have enough playing time that was how you did those background 'coup'.Go and apologize to your mom mehn but not us.Black Stars is all we have in this corrupt nation and you and your so called 'hajia kande ba' muntary ruin the show.Greedy go burn you and your fa.
  • Enoch says:
    July 03, 2014 09:34 am
    Always humble. Essien God bless your career.
  • kwako says:
    July 03, 2014 12:08 pm
    all players should retire. its time for the joung generation. good bye essien, muntari etc.
  • maubs says:
    July 03, 2014 12:32 pm
    its easy to insunuate or insult but common sense it seems is no so easy to grasp for some. lay off essien he nearly wrecked his career playing for us in a game. he boosted the image of ghana in the uk with his performances at the highest level of world football. Who is in a position to say if something is wrong with the Football adminstration than people who have been in the system as u16, u21, u24 and two to three world cups? and who has worked under mounrihno, etc and other finely tunes effective systems? it will be a shame if anyone really thinks that they have nothing to offer that can help make our system better. Shame that we will pass an opportunity such as these to cahnge things for the better. A lot of postings on here and the posturings going on reveal to me that there wont be soul searching of the kind we want, essien and the real ghanaians are asking for. Nyatakyi is still there, all the corrupted mana's are still there? how can the real dialogue be meaningful as it should be? check out to be up and running soon-for possibly petition. God Bless Bs, God bless Ghana.
  • asido'o says:
    July 03, 2014 01:30 pm
    well, essien u v'e said somfyn reasonable but de question is will de gfa allow demselve 2 be investigated? It has happen b4 when de eoco suspected dem n intended 2 investigated dem, dey said de government was interfering in deier bussiness who nos what is going 2 happen @ dis tym ''as3ms3b3''
  • woodini says:
    July 03, 2014 01:46 pm
    Essien couldn't have much playing time, yes we all know why!!! Anyway, watch the clip again Ghana vs Zambia and Ghana Vs Eqypt in the qualifying series and see for yourself the contribution of Essien in those games. Agaisnt the Zambians, when the Zambians took control of the midfield and put much pressure on the Ghana defence, it was Essien who came in to control the game and took control of the Ghana midfield to stop the Zambians. Even the Zambia Coach said, Ghana need to thank Essien. Against Eqypt, was it not Sulley Muntari and Essien who bossed the midfield to take care of those skilful Egyptians. Even did you see ran Essien made that resulted in the second goal? It was these guys who helped Appiah to qualify in the first place and Appiah have forgotten this.
  • Benito says:
    July 03, 2014 10:52 pm
    Appiah must go'he is tactically bankrupt' up till now he still doesn't know his best eleven .I think we have talented players at the moment but appiah will keep on experimenting with ' and waste them.