Ghanaian trio: Boateng, Essien and Frimpong set for 2013/14 English Premiership journey

Emmanuel Frimpong training with Arsenal ahead of their season opener against Aston Villa

Emmanuel Frimpong training with Arsenal ahead of their season opener against Aston Villa

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Arguably, the world’s most competitive league is set to get underway this weekend and only Michael Essien, Emmanuel Frimpong and Derek Boateng are the only players who are set to begin the season.

Winger Wakaso Mubarah, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Rabiu Mohammed have all been linked with various Premiership clubs but officially Michael Essien, Derek Boateng and Emmanuel Frimpong remain the only Ghana international who will start the season.

Essien, 30, has returned to the Stamford Bridge after his loan spell with European giants Real Madrid and is set to feature prominently for Jose Mourinho’s Blues.

During pre-season the former Olympique Lyon playmaker appeared to have cemented his place in Chelsea’s holding midfield role and likely to command a starting place as the Blues open their campaign with a home tie against Hull City.

Essien’s main contenders for the role may include Brazilian Ramirez and John Mikel Obi but the Ghanaian’s extraordinary physique and experience at the job is set to win him the nod to start.

Derek Boateng is set for his EPL debut

Derek Boateng is set for his EPL debut

Martin Jol’s admiration for Derek Boateng remain strong as the former FC Dnipro versatile midfielder further convinced the Dutch trainer of his abilities.

Fulham make their trip to the Stadium of Light for their league opener to face Sunderland and Boateng is 7/10 likely to start for the Craven Cottage side.

Arsenal open their season with a vision from Aston Villa but Arsene Wenger is facing a frustration as most of his first team players  are in the treatment room.

Michael Essien will contest for a place in the Chelsea midfield

Michael Essien will contest for a place in the Chelsea midfield

Frimpong returned from Fulham with an injury and did not play any part in the Gunners’ pre-season.

He is yet to gain match fitness but Wenger is likely to include him in his squad for the game with Abou Diaby also out of the game.

Frimpong attended Arsenal’s last training session on Friday morning and he has been confirmed in the final squad for the game.


Chelsea vs Hull City – Stamford Bridge (Michael Essien)

Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Emirates Stadium (Emmanuel Frimpong)

Sunderland vs Fulham – Stadium of Light (Derek Boateng)


  1. Saha says:

    I pray for my brother Frimpong to get more playing time

  2. The False says:

    I thought Quincy moved to England,or?

  3. Collynzo says:

    Nigeria has Mikel, Moses, Anichebe, Ameobi, Odemwingie etc.

  4. Collynzo says:

    There are also Nigerians in those leagues, Apam in stade rennais, John Utaka Montepellier, Enyeama number 1 goal keeper at Lille. In Italy, Joel Obi at Inter, Oduamadi – Ac Milan, Onazi – Lazi, Isaac success – Udinese. Etc

  5. ohthree says:

    Nigeria has the most in the epl among africans,more than senegal or ivory coast:-
    Ameobi-New castle
    Sone Aluko-Hull city
    And some more dat i cant remember.

  6. ohthree says:

    Oduamadi has been loaned out from milan.

  7. Razzy says:

    @Collynzo with your over 90 million population, it would be a shame if your people were not found in those leagues.

  8. ohthree says:

    Just remembered Adeyemi-Norwich

  9. yungblud says:

    We hav d highest numba ov african players abroad…

  10. ohthree says:

    Youngsters eligible to play for naija(basic ones):-
    Jordan Ibe-Liverpool
    Chuba Akpom-Arsenal
    Ross Barkley-Everton
    And many more.

  11. Collynzo says:

    @Razzy how many players does China and India have in those leagues?

  12. ohthree says:

    @Collynzo add U.S.A to that.

  13. King says:

    Add also indonesia,mexico,russia,pakistan,japan all these countries have 100m+ population.even egypt Ethiopia and Dr congo hv big population

  14. Ghanaman says:

    Ghana has more footballers in Italy and France than Nigeria. Many of the guys you are listing grew up in England.

  15. King says:

    is this the real Ghanaman or an imposter?? I mean the one that usually say(filthy ape!,useless,and ethnic insults etc

  16. ohthree says:

    Only aluko and anichebe were born and raised up in england.Moses left nigeria when he was 11yrs.Ameobi too at 10yrs.But does it matter wether they were born in pluto?.As long as they are nigerian internationals already.I only mentioned the epl players that have won caps for nigeria.All apart from those i listed as eligibles have won caps 4 nigeria.

  17. ohthree says:

    Nigeria’s got lots of players in italy and france too.English premier league is arguably the best league in the world,miles afar from italy and french leagues.Although nigerians are there,
    I dont consider france as a big league.Its an average league to me.When last did a french team reach the semis of the champions league??

    • Ghanaman says:

      Ghana has a population that is 1/7th that of Nigeria’s. SO what ever we have multiply it by 7. Then you will realize that by proportion we are producing good footballers. There are also more Ghanaian on GOOD Champions league teams than Nigerian.

  18. Costinho says:

    China n India.. N America.focus more on other sports(cricket, judo, americsn futbol, rugby ) rather than futbol…unlike Naija which is a futbol nation but hasnt got EVEN ONE WORLD-CLASS PLAYER; UNLIKE GHANA, COTE DIVOIRE N CAMEROUN

  19. yungblud says:

    Ghana can’t compare demselves wit naija in terms ov player productivity..naija is second 2 brazil in terms ov players in european teams..rep naija!

  20. Olu says:

    Guys let us wait for the next AFCON and know the the great African team of our time. Talk is cheap and action speaks louder than voice.

  21. keith from germany says:

    otherthree for ur Information lyon was in the swemi-finals o the Champions leagu 2009/2010 season.but unfortunately they lost to Bayern münchen.
    and in the season 2003/2004 both olympique marseille as Monaco went to the uefa Cup now Europa Liga n Champions league finls respectively but lost to Valencia n fc Porto respectively.pls ceck on ur facs mister otherthree.

  22. Ru says:

    To the naija guys commenting.and how is ur national teams doing wit all this guys you claim to be footballers?u just won Afcon.we ghanaians are 2nd n 24th in Africa n de World n where do u people place in both rankings.let us tink.even Kp Boateng of ac Milan is beta dan all ur guys

  23. ohthree says:

    Boateng better than victor moses???.Haha pls don’t start.

  24. Ohthree says:

    Gaynians are using fifa ranking to console their trophylessnes.Hahahahaha.So you prefer to be 1st on fifa ranking than to win a trophy.In 2008 naija was 9th in d world and 1st in africa,but it didnt mean much to us because we know that what matters most in football is trophies.

  25. Ohthree says:

    Africa’s equivalent of arsenal is ghana.A big team trophyless in many years.