AC Milan star Michael Essien rules out his Ghana retirement after 2014 World Cup

Published on: 22 May 2014
AC Milan star Michael Essien rules out his Ghana retirement after 2014 World Cup
Michael Essien says he wants to play for Ghana until after the 2018 World Cup

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien says he wants to continue to play for the Black Stars after the 2014 World Cup insisting he wants to play at the 2018 tournament.

The former Chelsea star is praying against injuries to help him continue to play for his country  and help them at the tournament to be played in Russia in 2018.

Essien is among Ghana's players heading for the 2014 World Cup and it was suspected that he could retire from the Black Stars after the tournament in Brazil.

Serious injuries he has suffered in his career look to have robbed him of his power which has sparked talk that he could retire from Black Stars duties after Brazil.

But the AC Milan player, who missed last year’s World Cup through injury, hopes to continue for as long as he can at international level and possibly feature in the next Mundial.

“If I suffer no further big injuries, continue to play well and continue to be selected for the Black Stars, then who knows ... I may be at another World Cup,” he said.

“After [Brazil] it will be business as usual - back to playing club football and if selected for the national team, I will carry on.

“There are African Cup qualifiers and the 2015 tournament in January, so that will be the next objective.”

Ghana face a tough task in Brazil, having been drawn in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA.

Do you think Essien should continue playing for the Black Stars? Are you happy with Essien's decision? Please make your views known in the box below:


  • Amo
    says: 5 years ago
    hmmm. to me i think he doesnt merit a place in Brazil 2014. 2018 is too far for us to be thinking who will be playing or not playing. but i wish him all the best
  • @kwame
    says: 5 years ago
    If he is still fit and playing at the highest level, why not?
  • jb
    says: 5 years ago
    Why not we will also need him if he is active and fit
  • wilson
    says: 5 years ago
    yes happy; it didn't come as a surprise to me. Essien missed a lot of tournaments because of injury but that has been misconstrued by many.
  • Kwabena
    says: 5 years ago
    It is good to mention that if you are still playing at the highest level so how do you explain your callup now? because you have been reduced to a common benchwarmer. considering the fact that Kaka who has been playing regularly has mis out from the Brazil squad. Though Kaka is playing at diff position, his experience has been overlooked, Ghana still trumpeting your enormous experience. I personally think you have run out of steam, lost pace, lost strenghth, cannot go for 50-50 balls, your passes cannot go through, easily lose balls and sometimes intentionally avoid threatening tackles to avoid being disgrace at the detriment of your team. 'Nhwehwe animu adeye kwa'.
  • Paapa1
    says: 5 years ago
    Essien, we Ghanaians love you and will like to see u playing for mother Ghana, but the fact is that, we considered you for this 2014 due to the love that we have for u,I have been leaven in Brasil for years now, they have a lot of good play that the coch find it difficult in his selection, and Ghana also do have more playing, so think u should be thinking on how to make it on the fist team when u get to Brasil but not thinking of 2018, that is too early to think about.
  • Lincopper
    says: 5 years ago
    that's my man.. nice said ..
  • banger
    says: 5 years ago
  • chipolopolo
    says: 5 years ago
    Me I fail to understand y don't these guys want to retire,even the zambian captain jst changed his mind that I can even stop in were r these lads going to play if the nation team is full of elderly pipo
  • judah bless
    says: 5 years ago
    Assien you are in our heart