Essien says he’ll be back “soon”
Chelsea Star Michael Essien says he will soon return to the Black Stars.
In an exclusive interview with Citi FM from his UK base on Tuesday, September 21, Essien said he was saddened by the unexpected exit of Black Stars Coach Milovan Rajevac.
Ghana is searching for a new coach with former Chelsea Captain Marcel Desailly highly tipped to secure the job. Michael Essien is optimistic that the Ghana Football Association will find a suitable replacement, as he plans his return to the national side soon.
“It’s very sad for me to hear that the coach has left but straight up these things happen and I will leave everything for the FA to appoint a new coach. They will look around and choose the right person for the team.”
Essien announced his temporal retirement from the national team in August, saying he wants to focus on getting back full fitness following a long layoff.
The 27 year old suffered a knee injury while on national team duty with the Black Stars at the 2010 African Nations Cup in February and only returned to action with Chelsea in August.
Essien has been in remarkable form lately scoring three goals in six matches for Carlo Anchelotti’s side.
Asked what the secret of his recent success was, Essien told Bernard Avle, Host of the Breakfast Show on Citi FM “I have no secret; I just try to give my best when I am on the field.”
Essien is hopeful that Chelsea, who are currently on top of the English Premier League, will annex the title this season.
Michael Essien, who was named as AU Peace Ambassador in 2010, will among other things use the sports to help promote peace in the sub-region. ? Michael Essien in an interview with Citi FM pledged to promote peace in Africa.
The Chelsea ace was handed the top post by Africa’s political and economic integration body following his sterling work on humanitarian issues across the continent.
The 27-year-old has the task by the leaders of all 53 African countries to use his influence across the globe to promote peace in Africa.
Essien will also galvanize popular support for the implementation of the Year of Peace and Security programme.
“First of all I think it’s a great opportunity. There will be a lot of football matches across Africa to send the message across to the whole continent. We will go around and speak to people and encourage them to stop fighting. Put the guns down and make peace in the community and in the country as well as the whole continent.
Essien also says football can be used as a vehicle to promote peace in Africa.
“Sports is a big thing especially football. The people of Africa are all football fans and we will try to use football to send the message across to the whole continent and I’m happy to take part.
Tuesday September 21, is the UN’s World Peace Day and the AU will commemorate the day with football matches in selected countries to promote peace.