Ghana coach defends Essien's hiatus

Published on: 01 September 2010

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac understands Michael Essien's decision to take a temporary break and expects him to bounce back next year.

The Chelsea ace received a lot of flak for his decision and claims he wants to regain his top form after being sidelined for close to six months.

The Serb believes the midfielder's decision must be respected by all and that his commitment level should be questioned.

“As you know with Michael he has had two very serious injuries both with the national team in the last two years. It affected him a lot. Whenever he was available he gave off his best. Now He wants to concentrate on his club and we all need to understand that and I am sure after sometime he will come back to the national team and when we need him most he will be there to lead the team the way he knows," Rajevac told the BBC.

Essien was excused for Ghana's international friendly against South Africa early this year and this weekend's opening 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

“Michael contacted me after I decided on the list for the game against Swaziland and wanted to ask permission to be excused for a while. He didn’t bring this decision only by himself. I understood his thoughts and of course I want to help him to get into his old form, to start playing regularly and I gave that permission. I am sure he will come back to the national team early next year and when we need him the most”, he added.

Comments

  • kobby adubofour
    says: 9 years ago
    sensible man.arm chair coaches really give essien space.the man is just on leave without pay, please
  • kk
    says: 9 years ago
    And they say Rajevac is not intelligent.
  • kwame b.
    says: 9 years ago
    am happy you have all shup your dirty mouths up now. the boy needs a break and we have to give him. he never said he wont play for Ghana again. now we all know the coach was the first person essien spoke to before the media.
  • Daavi
    says: 9 years ago
    You seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
  • OKYEMAN
    says: 9 years ago
    now those of u who thought essien has quit the nation team , and said a whole lot bad things obout him shoul apologized.those insult should stop.
  • The Prophet
    says: 9 years ago
    KK, he is not only intelligent, he is also a master tactician and a psychologist. FIFA's technical body is the latest to endorse him praising him for the "well organised system and technical approach" of the Black Stars at the World Cup. I don't think there is anything that he can do for which his detractors will find acceptable. All he can do is make sure he answers his crucifiers with results on the field.
  • yahuza musah
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghanainas shuld pls give Essien a break tp work hard to secure his position at chealse now that there is competition in the middle with benayoun coming in
  • Harry
    says: 9 years ago
    The man only asked for a few months so Ghanaians should pls stop bashing him around.For all you know he might miss only about 3 to 4 matches which we can cope.Essien,all the best.
  • addae kusi isaac.
    says: 9 years ago
    The technical man had spoken.i strongly believe that coach Milo's official communique on Essien's sabbatical leave should put the debate to rest.
  • addae kusi isaac.
    says: 9 years ago
    The technical man has spoken,i strongly believe that coach Milo's communique will help minimize the debate on Essien's sabbatical leave.
  • SUNSHINE
    says: 9 years ago
    I DON'T WANT ESSIEN TO COME HELP MILO TO ACHIEVE HIS GOAL. HE SAID HE HAS CONFIDENCE WITH THE YOUTH,Y CALL ESSIEN THEN.THIS MILO IS A FAILURE n WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL GHANA
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    i love this.. Essien is still the best for Ghana ...lets hope for the best for him and all will be well GHANA
  • don
    says: 9 years ago
    so will all the player start asking for leave and we will have no more players playing for the national team
  • jamez
    says: 9 years ago
    glory be to God .