Desailly wants more time for Essien to decide on his Ghana return

Ex-France captain Marcel Desailly says Ghanaians must stop putting pressure on Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to end his three-year self-imposed exile from the Black Stars.

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Ex-France captain Marcel Desailly says Ghanaians must stop putting pressure on Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to end his three-year self-imposed exile from the Black Stars.

The ex-Real Madrid star ace last played for the Black Stars at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations where he suffered a knee injury in the tournament in Angola.

It was his second serious knee problem he suffered while playing for his country after the first setback  in a World Cup qualifiers in Libya.

Subsequently another knee injury he picked during pre-season training with his club sidelined his for six months which nearly cost him his career.

Essien made a return to active football before the turn of the year in 2011 but asked to be excused from international duty.

He was left out Ghana’s squad for the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

It was expected that the former Ream Madrid would have announced his imminent return after last Saturday’s charity football he organised but has still not made an announcement despite pleas from the country’s President.

But, Desailly who was born in Ghana and grew up in France as a defender, says Essien must be given the time to make his decision.

“It is his own decision, he got three very big injuries where he could have completely stop football,” said Desailly.

“Two of the injuries he had was caused by going into national team and playing on bad field which has created a lot of problem for him.

“I think we should leave him in peace and I’m not sure he will be able to answer, yes he wants to come back but his body doesn’t want, he has to stick to one competition.

“Unfortunately the choice is not there for him, from the heart yes is Ghana, yes he will be there but from the physical aspect I’m not sure he can handle it.”

This comes as Kevin Prince Boateng, Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew have all rescinded their decision not to play for Ghana again.

Essien will return to Chelsea next month after spending one season on loan at Spanish giants Real Madrid.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. the truth says:

    stay out frenchman

  2. Thegreates says:

    Fool keep quiet. You turned you back when Ghana needed you Stay away and continue to use the country you rejected and denied to make money for yourself.

  3. Dr Who says:

    What time are you talking about? Do you want AA to fail so that you can come for his job? Or do you want the team to qualify for the WC before Essien announces his return?

  4. It’s not de pitches that give Essien injuries.Are de other international players like Etoo Drogba etal playing on dferent piches?

  5. kwadwo says:

    honestly I don’t think the absences of essien in the bs makes difference even if I will be the first to admit the great player he is but with a player I rabiu who is been revelation for has I more than capable of get the job than.

  6. kwadwo says:

    honestly I don’t think the absences of essien in the bs makes any difference even if I will be the first to admit the great player he is but with a player I rabiu who is been a revelation for has.I think he is more than capable of get the job than.in the middle.

  7. TJ says:

    The true of the matter is that, Essien is nearly 46-yr old (I personally know this dude) that’s why he had those back to back injuries… At his current age, 45, he can only handle club duties. We have young quality players that can replace him – he did his best for Ghana. Pls leave the old man alone so he can make his retirement money at club level. Thank you.

    • Ghanaman says:

      You filthy lying Nigerian APE! You dirty son of a whore! you useless chimp!!! The only Essien you know aare the chimps in Eastern NIgerian… You dirty nasty Igbo-Hausa-Yoruba son of a whore!!

  8. kojo says:

    Tj, who are you to make Essien’s real age public? Are you his father? He may be 45, but he’s still strong and plays regular football at club level than your so-called young quality players. Why are you hating on one of the best Ghana has ever produced? I am proud of Essien and everything he has achieved.

  9. Joe says:

    Tj, I personally know Essien as well, and to let you know, he is not 45 as you claimed. His real age is 39, which I believe is not too bad for an African player to play regularly for both club and country. For instance, Giggs is still playing active football for Man United and he is almost 40 or even 40 now. I will pick Essien any day over our inexperience young players. Have a good day hating on Essien.

  10. HEEBA says:

    @TJ i agree with u 100000000%. We should let him be. We’ll need him when he turns 90yrs ha ha

  11. HEEBA says:

    Hw many cups have this soo call starz won for us so far?

  12. NDA says:

    pls GSN kindly check ur records,the last time Essien played for GH was not in Angola 2010

  13. YAW says:

    WE ARE NOW TIRED OF ESSIEN RETURNED.THIS IS THE RIGHT UTIME.HE SHOULD STOP PROCASTINATING HIS RETURNS.

  14. Derek chipolopolo says:

    Is Ghana so scared of zambia
    that you have to go and beg
    unpatriotic & rebel players to
    save you u from the mighty
    chipolopolo? players who
    have turned their backs on
    Ghana? and yet some of u
    are saying Zambia is nothing.
    really? It’s good you have
    realised that your toy black
    star squad can not withstand
    the impact of the high
    velocity chipolopolo bullet.
    For your own information,
    Zambia is resolved to go to
    Brazil & nothing wil stop us,
    not even ayew brothers, KPB
    or essien.
    If you want, you can even
    nationalise the whole
    Barcelona squad but zambia
    wil stil beat you in Kumasi.
    Be warned Ghanaians!!!

  15. Sam Praise says:

    Derek chipoliopolio, you must be a fool to think that we are preparing for zambia, you are a big fool! Shallow minded, if you have brains and can see very well, you’ll know that we are preparing for the world cup, we don’t rub shoulders with small teams like zambia, they don’t belong in our Class, the fact that luck shined on your side and you won nations cup does not bring you to our Class, we rub shoulders with the world, not that your third class school team, playing us should be an honor for you because your local players will have the opportunity of seeing Dede Ayew, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kelvin Prince, Asamoah Gyan and the rest live! Its something they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives!

  16. mojahadine says:

    Desailly, you need to shut the F-up. you are saying that “Two of the injuries he suffered were caused by playing for Black Stars in Africa on bad bad soccer fields?” Bullshit, weren’t the same fields he played on in Africa to get where he is now? so all of a sudden African football stadiums are the cause of his problems. It is not, but rather it is his style of play that causes him the problem he’s had with his knee.

    If he is that gaulible then maybe we as a country don’t need him to represent us any longer. We have been doing well anyway without him so why now.

  17. collynzo says:

    Ghana will lose to Lesotho and Zambia will win Sudan and qualify for the next round. The September match will be useless

  18. collynzo says:

    When will you guys learn from your Nigerian masters and legendary coach Stephen Keshi? Never beg a player to play for your country. Another 32 years without trophy for Ghana.

  19. A*S*E*M says:

    Nigerian masters my f••king Ass, J Goodlock did the same when Stephen keshi treating to quit after they won CAN 2013 !!! ???

  20. OPANKA says:

    I THINK I AGRRE WITH DSAILLY BECOS GHANA IS NOT FOR ESSIEN.SO IF HE SAYS WE SHOULD GIVE HIM SOME TIME WHY DONT WE WAIT.LOOK @AYEW BROTHERS DEY TOLD GHANA DAT WE SHOULD GIVE DEM SOME TIME N NOW DEY ARE IN.SO PLSS NO 1 SHOULD FORCE ESSINE FOR HIS RETURN.HE WILL BY ALLMEANS JOIN HIS COLLEGE IN G.B.S.THANK U.BY OPANKA.