Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has hailed the ‘exceptional’ qualities of Michael Essien.
Essien, 30, was a second half substitute during the Black Stars hard-fought 2-1 win over Zambia in a crucial 2014 World Cup group D decider in Kumasi on Sunday.
The Chelsea ace put up a matured display at the Baba Yara stadium, leaving Zambian trainer Herve Renard to pay him a glowing tribute by saying he ought to be called ‘sir’ for his sterling performance over the years.
Coach Appiah has hailed the qualities of the former Real Madrid loanee describing him as an exceptional character.
“Michael is amazing and I don’t know the kind of words to use to describe him. He is exceptional,” Appiah said
“His attitude towards the Zambia game was great and one that really deserves commendation.
“He has shown leadership and maturity both on and off the field and for me that’s fantastic.
“He is an important member of the squad and we’re looking forward to the play-offs.”
Essien has been left out of the Black Stars squad that will play Japan in an international friendly on Tuesday.