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Ghana’s Michael Essien Announces International Retirement

Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien announced his international retirement, revealing that he had made the decision before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Michael Essien has not been recalled to the Black Stars since the poor performance of the team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Former midfielder Real Madrid and AC Milan, Essien with 58 caps for his national team, revealed that he had retired before the 2014 World Cup. However, he was recalled in the selection according to him to help the team.


” Yes ! I was called to the Black Stars, I retired before going to the World Cup in Brazil but I was called to help the team. And then in Brazil they treated me as [less than nothing] so I decided to distance myself from the selection. It’s time for the new generation  , “he told the local TV channel GHOne TV.

Essien made his debut in Ghana in 2002. He was a key member of the golden generation of the country who played his first ever World Cup in 2006.

The Ghanaian football legend showed his intention to become coach after reports confirmed he had obtained his coaching license.


Written by How Africa

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