By Ameenu Shardow
Ghana FA Executive Committee Member Geroge Afriyie says comments passed by Nana Fitzgerald over the form of Michael Essien are ‘unfortunate’ and ‘baseless’.
The veteran football administrator insisted the Chelsea ace is ‘finished’ and therefore will be unwise to hand him a call to the Black Stars.
Essien, 29, has struggled for form and regular playing time under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo after recovering from a knee injury sustained at the beginning of the campaign.
His uninspiring performances for the Blues whenever handed a rare start has raised several doubts as to whether he can still be relied upon during national team assignments – doubts epitomized by Fitzgerald who remains adamant the former Lyon enforcer is finished.
But Afriyie in his reaction to Fitzgerald’s comments says it is way too early to write of a player of the caliber of Michael Essien.
“If really Nana Fitz said that then it is very unfortunate comment which lacks basis,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“Unfortunate in the sense that here in Ghana we retire our players prematurely or say things to discourage them.
“How can you rate a player who has been making the eighteen man squad of Chelsea in a tough league like the EPL on a consistent basis as finished?
“I don’t know the kind of football Nana Fitz has been watching, I don’t know what his understanding of modern football is, I don’t know where he is coming from, all I know is that Essien is still a good player – good enough to make the Chelsea team.”