Zambia FA chief Kalusha Bwalya insists the Chipolopolo remain unshaken despite the strong squad named by Ghana for their 2014 World Cup qualifying clash next month.
These three players who have been away from national team duty for a while now have all made themselves available for Black Stars selection again after coming out of complete and semi international retirement.
The trio joined by already existing stars in the Ghana team have struck fear in the hearts of many Zambians who now believe their already slim chances of beating Ghana in Kumasi has fast diminished now that all the other stars have returned.
It is even believed that the Zambia coach held his head in despair when he heard news of Essien, Kevin Boateng and Andre Ayew joining the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mubarak Wakaso for the match in Kumasi.
Despite these growing concerns amongst many Zambians, their FA boss Kalusha Bwalya is braving it up by insisting his side remain unshaken ahead of the herculean task ahead.
“My brother, There is no pressure on the coach. Who is spreading these rumours?” Bwalya responded in a tweet over the growing concerns.
The return of these big name stars to the Black Stars fold has seen confidence amongst players and the general Ghanaian populace soar ahead of next month’s clash.
Ghana want to dish out a resounding defeat to Zambia to atone for recent painful defeats suffered at their hands in recent back-to-back games.
The Chipolopolo were responsible for the woes of the Black Stars as they inflicted a painful 1-0 defeat to Ghana on their way to their first ever Nations Cup success in 2012.
They again repeated the doze last year when they hosted Ghana in the first leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifier in Ndola.