Michael Essien temporarily quits Ghana

Published on: 20 August 2010

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has temporarily put his international career on hold saying he will not play for the Black Stars for some time.

This comes after coach Milovan Rajevac said he will welcome the fit-again Chelsea enforcer for next month's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland.

But the midfielder feels after so many recent injury setbacks he wants to concentrate on getting back to his best with Chelsea as knee injuries have recently threatened his career.

Essien said: “I think I will be taking a break. Not retiring, just not playing for time. I have to take the right decision for myself.

“I don’t know whether they will be disappointed because they have done fine without me.”

The midfielder is also aware that his absence will not be severe on his country as players like Anthony Annan, Kevin Prince Boateng and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu have excelled in the Chelsea star's absence.

Essien missed the World Cup in South Africa in June because of a serious knee injury but his absence the Black Stars reached the last eight of the tournament.

He suffered the injury while training at the African Cup of Nations in Angola in January and only recently returned to action for Chelsea.

The English side have also recently brought in players who are capable of competing with Essien for his starting place in the English side's squad.

His absence in the Black Stars squad means other young players with hopes of playing the national team could be given the chance to impress.

Comments

  • kwame b.
    says: 9 years ago
    I agree 100% with u essien. just take your time and concentrate on getting back to your best so as to avoid any injury setbacks which could riun your football career. you are always welcome to the black stars team.
  • okosto robby
    says: 9 years ago
    Right decision. Long over due if you asked me.
  • kwaku essien
    says: 9 years ago
    Right decision. Ghana people talk about u. Now we will see. chelsea 4 life.
  • yaw2
    says: 9 years ago
    He dont wanna play for Ghana bcuz of the serbian trainer.Ghana need a real coach.The next one will be Asamoah Gyan and Muntari.The black stars are fallen apart.
  • The----- posse
    says: 9 years ago
    He dont like the coach.
  • kobby adubofour
    says: 9 years ago
    u have to agree with essien, he is not at his best yet, chelsea paid him over £3-5million for doing nothing during his injury and folks believe me, in UK man u gotta earn your keep.i think the gfa should manage this situation very well.the guy made himself available for the world cup so the desire to play for ghana is dere.dese afcon qualifiers is below him for now, he has to build his international image through chelsea and pls for once ghanaians should allow him to do that.after all who wouldn't
  • Randy
    says: 9 years ago
    I agree with Essien 100%, in two years he has had career ending injuries, not by playing for chelsea, but by playing for the black stars, would u begrudge him? He also thought of his career, i can fully appreciate that, and i wish him all the best of luch, as his international absence will make him fully competitive for chelsea, who afterall cough up the £120,000 each week
  • EDD
    says: 9 years ago
    ok.why don't u just retire and follow the likes of adebayor.what about the likes of van persie,sneidjer,robben.is essien a better player than all these players?they've been injured on international duties for long spells but never turn down to play for theri country.anyway i have a funny feeling that coach milo will also not be ready when he(essien)announces that he's ready. all the best,though.we wish u well n hope your decision doesn't come back to haunt you.
  • Lè shaq
    says: 9 years ago
    Hmm... Playing for chelsea can not get him injured?
  • dadaba the Soli Collector
    says: 9 years ago
    Am not sure what his intentions are. For me it is really not about the Coach or the FA. In any case these are just rumours and we have to watch our words. The mere fact that we did well at the WC without him means we could have done better with him. We still need him but then he should please NOT choose chelsea over GHANA. That would be a long term mistake.
  • sabacious
    says: 9 years ago
    le shaq and edd,u really made a sensible comments.i wonder who are the advises of essien,cos there's no wisdom in his excuse,i smell something fishy.if k.asamoah,gyan,kpb,annan,dede and vorsah gives the same childish excuses,who are those who gonna play for da stars? i think the best thing essien should have done is to talk to the technical handlers of the stars to enable him concentrate and focus on his club career rather than making this public.if he thinks he dont wonna play for the stars again.he better make it clear,cos the young guys has proven that,they can play without the so called'senior players'.once again i still dont understand why soccernet keeps on mentioning agyemang badu,he may be good but not ripe for the stars as at now.charles takyi,jordan ayew,nana akwasi,buabeng,coffie bekoe,kumordzi,drobo ampem,david addy are all fine players who must be giving the chance to justify themselves in the team.i even prefer to see yusif chipsah in the stars rather than agyeman badu.
  • Daavi
    says: 9 years ago
    Fellow ghananians i will personally like anyone who contribute on this topic to assum Essien is the biological brother.At the point when the season has just started. When the national team has [equal] replacement for him.What will u advice him to do?
  • musah fifa
    says: 9 years ago
    This is what we are saying, some Ghanaians are hypocrites,why can't you come out and said the truth?if it's Muntari that said this it could have been Headlines in allover in Ghanaian news pappers,but for Essien he is right to said that, we should try and treat our star players equal, Essien is not more important than any other player, we should also respect the rest of the players the same as we respect Essien, somebody has given good example like what Edo have said, about the Netherlands players,like Van Persie, Sneider, Robben and co,so please let's said the truth
  • joye listen
    says: 9 years ago
    sabacious or who u call ur self, u r such an ungrateful being. If Essien had not come out to make His intentions clear to the public u could have been the first person to say dat Milo is not choosing the right players. Now dat he has come out to, u r sayin He sh'd have made it known to only de officials. Any way He does not owe anybody any explanation as to when he decides to play n when not.u can go to hell for all He cares. Ungrateful fooooooooollllllllll.
  • kof123
    says: 9 years ago
    i wander how some people think! he was playing for the nation and then got injured and he is just asking for sometime to get back to his best, is it too much to ask? just sit and tink for only a second before some of you make your comments!
  • SAMY;
    says: 9 years ago
    Hummm, Ghana.... by the way is not his fault, Essien remember we that love you are still with you, we allways pray to God for ur need. Jah bless you and protect. Amen
  • Sir Velande
    says: 9 years ago
    I 100% agrees with the legend, he needs some time to put himself together. So let all pray for him and wish him well. Take care Essien and all the best.
  • vibration
    says: 9 years ago
    WOW. I AGREE WITH YOU ESSIEN BUT, DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR, WILL YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE ONE. ARE YOU FAITHFULL AND LOYAL TO GHANA AS IN OUR PLEDGE - THIS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE. BUT TRUELY YOU NEED TO TAKE A BREAK AS YOU VE SAID TO GIVE OTHERS THE CHANCE -THE OTHER ANGLE. HMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
  • sabacious
    says: 9 years ago
    joye listen,jack boat,plain truth,sasabonsam or who are u called ur self.u r just an ignorant bastard,who lacks wisdom bcos of suffering from kwasoakor in ur childhood.i dont normally waste time on wankers like u but we forumites are tired of ur nonsense way of cloning urself to attack ppls.why can't u reason that,it should have been better if essien had talk to the GFA about his decision before coming public or if the GFA come out to say that,we're givíng essien sometime to settle down with chelsea to discover his form and settle down mentally? i do respect his decision cos am against the over reliance of single player but he took the wrong channel.what about if milo decided not to invite him again when he's ready to play? wankers like u gotta reason before commenting public forum.bastard!
  • shawa
    says: 9 years ago
    Good thing to do michael and i hope appiah and others can do so for new talents to be given the chance to show what they can do.
  • joye listen
    says: 9 years ago
    I don't blame u sabacious I guess u r a fulani boy does why u talk like dat. I strongly believe in ur childhood days when u used to beg 4 money on de street u were slaped by somebody dats why u talk like.Anyway I strongly sympathize with u. Myself n de rest will try n make sum contribution to help cure u from dat recurrent disease. Sorry bro.
  • RICH
    says: 9 years ago
    It's not about getting back to shape. They just don't like the coach. I told you guys it wasn't just a coincidence that Essien, Muntari and Gyan missed the friendly match before the world cup. They have been with good coaches and they tell if a coach is a bad coach. And they see Milo as a bad coach. One great NFL coach in USA said "players will always play for a coach if they like him". And the way this stupid coach treated Muntari during the world cup wsa disgusting to say the least. These players can not understand why the GFA is paying this coach $66,000.00 a month with 4 years contract. The thought of them playing under this bad coach make them sick.
  • salt
    says: 9 years ago
    i think essien have made the right decision and the people tht are saying that the young boys are good than the old ones we will see abut tht during the African cup
  • The Prophet
    says: 9 years ago
    Ei, Ghanaians! What has the coach got to do with this? Where did you people hear him say he doesn't like the coach? I thought he played in all the matches in the World Cup Qualifying campaign under this coach apart from the match against Lesotho at home. Why are people always making a scapegoat of the coach? By the way doesn' it sound strange him taking a break because he wants to recover fully but will still be playing week in week out at club football? Are people scared to tell the truth? For me I suspect he doesn't want to play for the Black Stars because his friend Sulley Muntari seems to be on his way out. Remember his demand that Muntari be reinstated in the Black Stars for the AFCON after the winger was dropped for disciplinary reasons. What a precedent. Soon any player who thinks he is bigger than the Black Stars will follow suit and decide to play whenever he feels like but not when we need him. Who knows this may be a blessing in disguise. Another star will emerge to take his place. Ghanaians must be truthful and think properly and stop making scapegoat of innocent people with lies and fabrications. It is not fair. We should concentrate on how to go ahead with what we ve' got and not let any player hold the nation at ransom
  • Jack Boat
    says: 9 years ago
    SABACIOUS, I think you are suffering from NEUROSIS or ACUTE PARANOIA. It appears you think I am the only one to see through your misleading and outrageous comments on this forum. Mind you there are now more smart guys operating in this forum. Smart dudes like Joye Listen who think broadly and objectively. Perhaps that's why you are having hallucination and getting confused and seeing detracotors in every corner. Or is it a ploy to divert attention to prevent the exposure of your misleading, and outrageous comments. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.There are smart ones who will always flush you out.
  • USA MAN
    says: 9 years ago
    WHO MADE ESSIEN WHO HE IS NOW ? AM TIRED OF THESE PEOPLE , HE IS BEING UNGRATEFUL THATS ALL , PLAYING FOR HIS TEAM CAN ALSO RUIN HIS CAREER, TO ME THIS IS AN ESCUSE TO SAY DO THE HARD WORK , YOUNG BLACKSTARS AND I WILL PLAY 4 A BETTER OR IMPORTANT GAME TO GAIN GOOD REPUTATION, PERIOD
  • santobia
    says: 9 years ago
    why should essien make such comment cos it is not all times that the national team engage in matches.it is only when there is a friendly match or a tournament ahead.or is he feeling the heat that kevin and co,are taking control of the midfield.and is he saying he won't get hurt when he is playing for chelsea.
  • boosie
    says: 9 years ago
    u fools should leave sabacious alone..SABACIOUS is sensible than all of u foolish,useless motherfuckers...
  • jesse
    says: 9 years ago
    Well if Essien wants to put a hold on his engagements with the stars,i feel it is no big news and people shouldn't make a fuss about it.The up and coming players have proven that no player is indispensable thus they can fit into any empty space in the team.I feel even though we will miss Essien,it is also preparing us ahead of the inevitable that come someday,we will not need to rely on these old guards and we will sure need new players to fit in thus the journey should begin now.I wish Essien well and i hope Ghanaians don't jump on the bandwagon and castigate this dude!Go Ghana,Go Black Stars!
  • Holy Spirit
    says: 9 years ago
    Sometime ago I read over on this site somebody saying contributors at Ghanaweb are well educated well informed and make more sensible contributions devoid of insults and profanities than here at Soccernet. I think I am now inclined to believe that. For it is unbelievable people are supporting and heaping praises on what Essien is saying. Not only that they are also trying to blame somebody for what is clearly a snub of his motherland. So what about John Mensah with his perennial injury problems? Doesn't he deserve a break from national team commitments, so that he will "recover properly". How many times does Essien has to play for Ghana at international level? At most once every 2 months. And how many times is he going to play for Chelsea? Every week and sometimes twice a week? And he is going to fully recover from that? Give me a break! Don't people know that the more games you play the more likely you are going to get injured? The reaction to this story by Ghanaweb contributors shows the real difference between contributors there and those who make contributions on Soccernet. By and large some Soccernet contributors are afraid to be objective and tell the truth. Some of them just jump on the band wagon without properly analysing the real import of stories. People should endeavour to think for themselves and objectively after all we are human beings. We turn ourselves into sheep if we follow blindly.
  • RICH
    says: 9 years ago
    GUYS, you are all missing the point." There isn't smoke without fire" These players will die for Ghana if they have faith in the coach. We should remember that none of us will sacrifice his life for something if he doen't believe the leader is competent enough to lead them. Get milo out and everythig will fall into place
  • compliments -China
    says: 9 years ago
    whatever you guys want to say,just say.we are all tired over all these yesterday,today ,and tomorrow issues.
  • the truth
    says: 9 years ago
    .don't u know by travelling to a different country u need to give ur body sometime 2 adjust to the weather conditions of dat terrain.unfortunately for essien,he needs 2 fly to ghana play a match and immediately fly back to london which makes every player not essien alone prone to injuries.sam hutchinson of chelsea just retired yesterday because doctors declared he won't be able to play football again cos of his 3 yrs of recurrent knee injuries
  • ofori-china
    says: 9 years ago
    if essien does not play for ghana this time,he can nevaer win the afican best player and i think that will be the end,as a player of his type he must win at least one african best player before he retires from football.
  • sunshine
    says: 9 years ago
    ALL THE GOOD PLAYERS DISLIKE MILO,COS THEY KNOWS MILO IS GOING TO LEAD GHANA NOWHERE. THE BOYS DON'T WANT TO BE EMBARRASSED UNDER MILO.
  • Experience coach
    says: 9 years ago
    GET RID OF MILO NOW AND GET A BETTER COACH LIKE LEROY.
  • kwame b.
    says: 9 years ago
    THE ONLY REASON THAT WILL LET ESSIEN PLAY FOR GHANA AGAIN IS TO CALL SULLEY MUNTARI AND TREAT HIM AS HE DESERVES. ESSIEN HAS PUT HIMSELF IN MUNTARI'S SHOES THAT ONE DAY GHANAIANS WILL CALL HIM USELESS AND THAT HE IS NOT ANY GOOD PLAYER. ESSIEN IS THE MOST SENSIBLE GUY I HAVE EVER SEEN. LONG LIVE MICHAEL ESSIEN LONG LIVE GHANA SOCCER IF ONLY THEY CALL SULLEY MUNTARI
  • Vondee
    says: 9 years ago
    Good decision man.Ghanaians are behind you.
  • The----- posse
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghana need a real coach with good comminucation skills and good players selection.The smart ones know what is going on.Is deeper than what people think.Essien wanted to play for ghana b4 the world cup and now he dont want to play for ghana, why now? call Muntari and Abeyie back and Essien will be back or get rid of MILO.
  • zaambi waatete
    says: 9 years ago
    Hey people trust me on this,those senoir players are very important for Ghana, only improve young players are Dede Ayew,Jonathan Mensah and Lee addy,so please we really need all the senoir players back in to the team.The truth is G.F.A is not treating the senior players with respect, they trying to disrespect them and rely on young players trust me that is not gonna work for blackstars.Am saying this bcuz the young players alone cannot qualify for the world cup and cup of nation so please G.F.A we need back Muntari,Essien and cole.EXPIRENCE COUNT.
  • yawad
    says: 9 years ago
    chelsea dont want him to play for ghana therefore he had to make an excuse and now he got it. i think that thats the story
  • lorins
    says: 9 years ago
    keep him out of the black stars like, he wants to be. the will always be ghana black stars but i am not sure how long ''essien ''is gonna last for.I LOVE GHANA!!
  • Deathrow
    says: 9 years ago
    Essien always communicate with S.Muntari and Muntari told him all the prejudice acts and defamations going on in the country,people like Abedi Pele wants and end for Muntari`s career in black star,Master we know everything that is going on,the stupid former GFA president is also behind it.If you look at the matches we played in the WC 2010 you will notice that whenever the camera flashes our Bench you will see.Owusu Abeyie,D.Boateng,Muntari and Co making analysis mocking the players on the pitch and formation the coach is playing. GFA will ruin Black Stars soon with this Soviet Coach that they are making business with.
  • The----- posse
    says: 9 years ago
    Deathrow,you damm right but the blind ones will continue to be blind.
  • Kwesi Mensa
    says: 9 years ago
    Guy's, if any of you put yourself in Essien's shoes for a minute you will understand and sympathise with him. His last two knee injuries was picked up when playin for Ghana and if he hadn't recovered wouldn't Ghana carry on without him. If he wants a break for a while we should allow him because most people will do the same in his position.He needs time to get back to his best and all the travelling will not help.If only the Gfa had allowed him to recover properly in December we would have had him for the World cup and he wouldn't have suffered another knee injury.God bless you Essien and I wish you all the best for this season.
  • kwame b.
    says: 9 years ago
    he will only play when Muntari is recalled because he feel he would also be dumped when not on form. we need to encourage all those who has helped us before and are not on form now cos they can always bounce back. muntari plays for ghana essien plays for ghana period.
  • OGYATANAA
    says: 9 years ago
    JOHN MENSAH, A WORD OF ADVICE. PLEASE QUIT PLAYING FOR THE BLACK STARS NOW AND CONCENTRATE ON HELPING SUNDERLAND SO THAT YOU CAN GET BACK TO FULL FITNESS. GHANA WILL NEED YOU FOR THE NEXT WORLD CUP BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ROCK. SO QUIT NOW!
  • RICH
    says: 9 years ago
    I believe someone is getting paid by keeping milo. Anyone who thinks milo is a good coach should watch the local nations cup, the actual nations cup and the world cup matches again. This coach doesn't know how to assembly players, and those that he calls, he doesn't know how to select the first 11. And when they are on the field, he doesn't know how and when to make changes. But with all these shortcomings, the GFA managed to give him 4 more years contract with an increase in payment to $66,000.00 a month. Meanwhile, his assistance who is a Ghanaian, is making $3,000.00 a month. How do you expect this coach who knows next to nothing in football to respect him left alone taking his advice. When I say this is shame, stupidity and wrong, some fellow Ghanaians who only look at things from one dimension, think it's great. Look this coach made a mockery out of Muntari during the world cup and that has naturaling make players like Essien think twice about playing under this coach. Richard Kingson was the first player to caution the coach about his tactics and substitution. Follow by Laryea Kingson and Muntari. We the public, need to stand by the senior player and force the GFA to get Milo out otherwise we may not even qualify for the world cup
  • Baba Yara
    says: 9 years ago
    Coach Milovan Rajevac is the best foreign coach if not the best coach Ghana has ever had. His record speaks for itself. He took the local Black Stars to runners up spot in CHAN. He took a young Ghanaian squad to silver in the AFCON in Angola - a feat not reached by even the so-called superstars even when the event was held in our own backyard. He qualified Ghana for the world cup with 2 matches to spare. The rest is history. It is only those who are ignorant, shallow-minded and mentally backward who hates him. Thankfully, these elements are wasting their time. All they can do is gnash their teeth and bite their nails in agony and resort to smear and hate campaign thinking if they continue to repeat their lies and hatred against the coach then people will believe them. The people who matter are his employers. And they are not going to be fooled by charlatan coaches who think they know better. If these self-annointed coaches think they know better then they must first go and coach a team playing Gutter-Gutter football, that's what their coaching certificates(only God knows where they got it from)are qualified to coach not the Black Stars.
  • bigoston
    says: 9 years ago
    GHANAIANS SHOULD BEWARE ESSIEN OR WITHOUT ESSIEN THE BLACK STARS WILL SURVIVE.AFTER ALL NO ONE IS BIGGER AND HIGHER THAN THE STARS (BLACK STARS)HE WAS NOT THERE AND WE MANAGE TO GET A BETTER POSSITIONS AT BOTH THE NATIONS CUP AND THE WORLD CUP BUT" BEWARE ESSIEN"
  • The----- posse
    says: 9 years ago
    Just becuase you been paid to defend the coach who dont understand anything about football and smart people who see that the coach is not good means they are stupid.Milo is not a good coach.i agree with RICH what he is saying is really true and only the blind will think this MILO guy is good for GHANA.Milo is not a coach.
  • SAMY;
    says: 9 years ago
    thank you,
  • Experience coach
    says: 9 years ago
    GHANA MUST FIND A BETTER COACH. MILO IS NOT A GOOD COACH. A COACH WHO HAS NEVER WON BY A MARGIN OF TWO IS JUST OF LUCK. HE SHOULD BE SENT AWAY. I THINK IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT WE BELIEVE IN OUR LOCAL COACHES AND ALSO EMPLOY SOME OF MILO'S DEFENSIVE TACTICS (THAT IS ALL HE KNOWS). HOW CAN GHANA LOOSE TO SOUTH AFRICA AND CLAIM THAT WE ARE THE BEST SOCCER NATION IN AFRICA? LET THAT SERBIAN MAN GO!!!!
  • Phillbanger
    says: 9 years ago
    Essian can go to hell. How can he give up on the blackstars now.he did not go to the wcp and wants to take some time off now. Blackstars made u who u are now.look at drogba he gets hurts all the time but never turns his b ack on his country..if u are retiring is a differend thing but not turn your back specially when the African qualify is coming up.truthully we don't really need him.he can kiss my blk azz
  • Ceefas
    says: 9 years ago
    I can not believe what most of you are saying - that he needs time to recover? Why did we not give Painstil and John Mensah time to recover, but rushed them to the world cup shortly after their recovery? I do not know whether this story is true, but if it is, it will be unfortunate, because it will be seen as the son who failed to pay back to the nation that helped shape his future. It will affect his image down the road. People still respect Abede Pele, not because he did not make any mistakes, but because in his days he showed that he will do anything for his country. He put his country first. Anthony Yeboah and Sammy Kuffour do not have the same respect, because they behaved like they were doing Ghana a favour by wearing our jersey. Long after Stephen Appiah has retired, Ghanaians will forever love and appreciate him.
  • Baba Yara
    says: 9 years ago
    Milovan Rajevac is the best foreign coach if not the best coach Ghana have ever had. His record speaks for itself. He led the local Black Stars to silver in the maiden edition of CHAN. He led a squad of young inexperienced players to silver in the AFCON (a feat which the so-called superstars could not even achieive when the event was held in our own backyard). He qualified Ghana for the World Cup with 2 games to spare and with a perfect record winning all 4 matches; scoring 7 goals and conceding only 2. For the World Cup itself we all know what happened. Now he is acknowledged all over the world by the people who know better about football. It is unfortunate, but it appears only those who see otherwise are mainly ignorant; bigoted; shallow-minded and unreasonable thinkers. These elements who are indulging in a smear campaign against the coach are screwed. They think if they keep on repeating the lies and nonsense about the coach then people will begin to believe them. But all they can do is bite their fingers and gnash their teeth in agony. The people that matter are the coach's employers. And they are not going to be fooled by the smears and hate posted on this site by the self-annointed coaches. If these elements think they know about football, then they should go and teach teams playing gutter-gutter, because that's where their coaching certificates (only God knows where they got them from) qualifies them not the Black Stars. Not all Ghanaians are suckers or stupid to believe this nonsense.
  • rascongo
    says: 9 years ago
    masa but who 4 play the hard way qualifications den make he come play the soft part when its competition time.if he wan 2 retire make he b bold den make we look else where 4 replacement dan de excuse he de give now.
  • NO NONSENSE
    says: 9 years ago
    JOHN MENSAH, A WORD OF ADVICE:QUIT PLAYING FOR THE BLACK STARS AND CONCENTRATE ON HELPING SUNDERLAND WIN THE EPL SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE RECOVER FULLY FROM YOUR INJURIES. YOU ARE THE ROCK OF THE BLACK STARS AND WE WILL NEED YOU FOR THE 2014 WORLD CUP. BE WISE. FOLLOW ESSIEN'S FOOTSTEPS.
  • boss d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    Phillbanger...what have you ever done for Ghana ... why do u guys want to spoil the guys career...all the injuries that made him sit back were obtained while playing for Ghana ....so if there is any 2/4 matches u can use other guys to build a stronger team with a stronger bench ...
  • QUABENA MASE
    says: 9 years ago
    HIS DECISION JUSTIFIABLE BUT AM JUST AMAZED TO HEAR THIS. HE MIGHT BE TAKING THE RIGHT DECISION BUT I THINK IS NOT JUST THE BEST BECAUSE A PLAYER LIKE VAN PERSIE WAS SIDELINE DUE TO A LONG TERM INJURY WHILES ON NATIONAL DUTY BUT GOT BACK INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM, A DECISION WHICH DID NOT GO DOWN WELL WITH ARSEN WENGER. SO SOMEBODY TELL MICHAEL ESSIEN IS NOT TOO LATE TO DENIED THIS REPORT,BECAUSE SINCERELY HE IS CREATING LOT OF ENEMIES FOR HIMSELF.
  • knee odai
    says: 9 years ago
    that's the right decision my man, you have to get much time to recover.
  • Dr Villa
    says: 9 years ago
    WISE SAYING MIKE THINK ABOUT UR CARRIER FOR NOW AND STOP THINKING ABOUT THE BLACKSTARS BEFORE THEY STOP THINKING ABOUT U
  • THE----POSSE
    says: 9 years ago
    MILO IS NOT A COACH.CUT THE SERBIA TRAINER LOOSE.MILO IS A GOOD TRAINER SO WE TAKE HIS DIFENCIVE TACTCIS AND ADD IT TO OUR OFFENCE. MILO IS MAKING $66.000 THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH PLUS FREE ACCOMM0DATION PLUS FREE TRASPORTATON PLUS FREE SERVANTS PLUS $10.000 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR INTERPRETER PLUS $330.000 THOUSAND DOLLARS SIGNING FEES. BUT ASSISTANCE COACH $3.000 DOLLARS A MONTH.KWASI APPIAH BLACK MAN. KWESI NYANTAKYI AND CO BE WISE IF YOU WANT TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTION THAN CUT MILO LOOSE AND INVEST THE $330.000 THOUSAND DOLLARS INTO LOCAL COACHES AND LOCAL LEAGUE TO COMPETE IN AFRICA.IF NOT KWESI PEOPLE WILL "VOTE U OUT". SO BE WISE AND LET MILO THE SERBIA TRAINER GO.
  • Bardmangh
    says: 9 years ago
    Hey Guys Leave Essien alone!it is true that we've not missed his presence because of the indepth good but not exceptional talents we have as a nation,but if Essien were even my distant relative collecting all the serious money from Abramovich,i will have stolen his Passport to prevent him from playing for the BlackStars again because age is really not on his side and he can contribute towards national development if he performs better within the Chelsea setup! Seriously,what make e go do for swaziland?Nkwasiseakwakwa!
  • REDFIRE
    says: 9 years ago
    Big Kudos to Baba Yara. No one could have outlined the achievements of Milo better. First they said he doesn't speak English so not good for Ghana. Then they said he is not a top class coach nor has he ever coached an international side so he is not good for Ghana; then they said he is being paid too much whilst his assistant is receiving too little so his presence is not good for Ghana. Then after Ghana lost to Libya in his first competitive match in charge, they went on the offensive with glee saying he is not a good coach and that the Black Stars will never qualify for the WC if he is still in charge. And that we have better local coaches in Ghana who could do a better job than him. Then they said their assertion that he is a bad coach has been proved because he has selected youngsters from the U 20 squad. They were kept quite for a while as majority of Ghanaians with common sense began to appreciate his work. Not satisfied, they began their smear campaign once again. They now said he did not celebrate when Ghana won against Serbia. So in effect the haters have employed all their malicious tactics to smear the coach. But they have all been met with failure. It makes one wonder the mental state of these misguided souls. Or are they being influenced by some dark forces? If so then May God have Mercy on their ravished souls.
  • Daniel
    says: 9 years ago
    I'm really fed up with people insulting the Coach!!! What proves a coach is good?? The performance of the team....how have the Black Stars performed under Milo in comparison to other coaches??
  • ziggy
    says: 9 years ago
    I just want tell m. essien that i wish him well,i think he short himself in the foot. you can not retire or call a time off your interantional career while playing in England especially when you are not citizen of the EU, your work permit will definitly expire and we shall see HOW YOU GO ABOUT IT. YOU NEED GHANA AND GHANA DONT NEED MR MICHEAL ESSIEN.Good luck in your Chelsea career.
  • sunshine
    says: 9 years ago
    GHANA DON'T NEED MILO. HE MUST LEAVE NOW.
  • musah fifa
    says: 9 years ago
    If you want Milo out ,then who else do you want? what does this man do for you that you hate him ungreatful Ghanaians,look the headlines is about Essien,so let's talk about Essien,leave Milo alone,ungreatful people
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    u guys should be a lil compassionate.. what else do u want to get from this guy?.. By Gods grace Ghana has so many midfielders who can fill in th possition of Essien ... do u mean a match against Swaziland is a match Ghana is so difficult that Ghana has to risk the career of this guy ....think twice you guys....
  • Soccer man
    says: 9 years ago
    We will think twice mr D-rock but will essien do the same if he is brasilian, french,Italian or German... Pls we are not fools,come out with better excuse this one doesn't make sense to Ghanaians..so you can choose to play for Ghana whenever you want to b'cos your are Mr Michael Essien.Set good example as a senior play of the team and as a UN Ambasssdor..Ghana will surely survive with you,No one is bigger than ghana blackstars,,
  • musah fifa
    says: 9 years ago
    let's be realistic,the problem about Essien is not just about the injuries,but also the Ghanaian Medias,false reports,and so on,so we should check that,and Essien also should consider Ghana first,because i don't see any Chelsea player who will consider Chelsea first before his Country,and i don't think Essien means what he was saying,because i know how Essien loves Ghana,so we should not rules the Medias out,because they cause so many problems in the history of Ghana football,and i think the problem is from media,do you remembered how they disturb Muntari?they want to annoyed them one by one, but Muntari got them fast,but Essien is still angry with Ghana media,so we should go back and think,what happen between Essien and the Ghanaian medias for the past some months?where they not the once that brought some false story that annoyed the guy?as for me,i think is about the media.
  • PeeWee
    says: 9 years ago
    Some one on here insulted me when I wrote this Essien guy cares more about his carrer than representing Ghana a couple of weeks back.Well guess what, he said it himself.
  • THE----POSSE
    says: 9 years ago
    LOCAL COACHES ARE THE FUTURE OF GHANA FOOTBALL NOT FOREIGNERS.WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ONE MILLON DOLLARS A YEAR FOR A SERBIAN MAN WHO WAS MAKING FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH B4 HE CAME TO GHANA. THE SIGNING FEES ALONE IS $330.000 DOLLARS WHICH IS GOING TO THE POCKET OF MILO AGENT,THE SERBIAN MAFIA WHO BROUGHT MILO TO GHANA. GHANA FOOTBALL IS SRUGGLING TO COMPETE IN DOMESTIC AND AFRICA.INVEST THE MONEY INTO GHANA FOOTBALL AND LOCAL COACHES.GHANA HAD A TEAM B4 MILO CAME TO GHANA.ALL THE TALENT IN THE BLACK STARS WERE DISCOVERED BY LOCAL COACHES. SO WHY DO WE WANT TO GIVE THEM TO A FOREIGN COACH TO PROFIT FROM THEM.WE ARE MAKING THE SERBIANS A MILLONAIRES FOR NOTHING.MAKE GHANAIN COACH A MILLONAIRE AND HE WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP FOR GHANA.
  • naaoosie
    says: 9 years ago
    ghana dont neeeeeeeeeeeed u essien.. go hang your self club loverrr
  • yahuza musah
    says: 9 years ago
    Just dont mind this guy Essien we no Kelvin is not good as he is but we will manage with kelvin so they shuld even stoped inviting him