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Essien to be part of Ghana World Cup staff if recovery fails - report

Published on: 22 May 2010

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien will go to the World Cup even if he has not recovered as he has been tipped for a coaching staff role at the tournament, a local newspaper has reported.

But the Ghana FA has refused to comment on the issue with vice president Fred Pappoe saying: "I wouldn’t make a comment on it; I don’t think it’s worth it.”

All Sports Newspaper reported on Friday that Essien will be part of coach Milovan Rajevac's coaching staff even if he has not recovered from his knee injury.

In a similar role as David Bechkam for England, Essien, according to the report will help train the side and boost confidence as Fabio Capello has decided to do.

Pappoe, who is chairman of the Black Stars management committee, said: “We are always denying stories here and there.

“The story cannot be attributable so I wouldn’t make a comment on it; I don’t think it’s worth it.”

Even though Mr. Pappoe failed to confirm or deny the story, clearly, he was in bullish mood and was close to denying the story.

Essien is eager to play for the Black Stars at the World Cup but the niggling knee problem has delayed his return to action.

Ghana FA officials and doctors are expected to meet Chelsea doctors before a final decision is taken whether he will be part of Ghana’s final 23-man squad is name.

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