Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed credits Essien for his World Cup form

Black Stars’ unsung hero, Rabiu Mohammed has praised Michael Essien for moulding him into a different player during the team’s participation in their year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Michael Essien was instrumental in Rabiu’s World Cup showing

Black Stars’ unsung hero, Rabiu Mohammed has praised Michael Essien for moulding him into a different player during the team’s participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Talking to 90 MINUTES in an exclusive interview in Brazil, the 24-yr who many journalists wouldn’t waste too much ink to write about said: “To play and see Essien on the bench was something else because he had seen it in all at club and national team football.

“But to my surprise, he coached me during training sessions and games and pointed out some few things that I wasn’t doing right in games and at training. I did well in Brazil because I had such great guys like Essien who was always there to advise me on what to do.”

Rabiu also thanked Coach Kwesi Appiah for having the trust in him during the Black Stars campaign in Brazil.

“I also owe the coach (Kwesi Appiah) a lot for having faith in me and making me show the whole world of the stuff I’m made of,” the Russia-based midfielder said.

“It wasn’t about personal glory in Brazil and every member in the team put Ghana first. As much as we tried to go beyond the group stages, it wasn’t to be so and would urge the fans to support the team through these difficult moments.”

The FC Kuban Krasnodar ace also denied allegations of him still nursing an injury that made fans not see the best from him.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup winner said: “I wasn’t injured because prior to the World Cup, I returned from injury to play a major role in our league campaign. I was fit and I don’t think the coach would had fielded me in games had I been injured.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. afrikaba1 says:

    In any team, your midfield is your engine. Once your engine is weak your team becomes weak. Rabiu was the reason why Ghana appeared to play without formation during the African cup of nations and he’s the reason why during this worldcup sometimes we looked shapeless. He is not yet a Blackstar material but Ghana soccernet has been writing a lot of nice articles about him for over two years making him look good. He runs everywhere on the pitch because he loves his country but he is not talented and not ripped for Blackstars. Stop making him look as if he is a Blackstar material who should start every single game.

  2. jb says:

    I agree with you mate, he is very hard working player but his end product is very negative

  3. Abrantie - In Da house says:

    So Essien was the one coaching you in camp, trying to show you what you were doing wrong and good…What did the coach do then? Could he see those things Essien saw in you or he just made the guy do the work for him and just fielded you thereafter??

    • Benny says:

      Guys you are all spot on.Rabiu is not a midfielder I think.He should play centre back.He has the height and a good tackler.He is not creative ,or simply not black star material .

  4. Ospinto says:

    Rabiu’s inclusion was one of the main reasons we lost and when Muntari was no longer available it showed….he should f*ck off

  5. A concerned citizen...222222 says:

    You guys are very good analysts..Rabiu was the weakest link in the midfield and that was the reason why the Black Stars struggled a lot. Coach AA was blind not to see this and must be fired

  6. Abrantie - In Da house says:

    GSN….why did you delete my first contribution to this topic? You people think everything should be in your way or? I will ask the question again please don’t delete it this time.

    “But to my surprise, he coached me during training sessions and games and pointed out some few things that I wasn’t doing right in games and at training. I did well in Brazil because I had such great guys like Essien who was always there to advise me on what to do.”
    If Essien was the one coaching Rabiu, then what was the use of the coach? Just to field the players or what? Is AA really a useless coach as being said? I have not insulted anyone so please don’t delete it this time again.
    Abrantie a kasa!!.

  7. Bishop says:

    Yea but in the world cup , KN was a coach and AA was a stooge