Michael Essien
Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien yesterday?cleared the air on various issues when he?engaged the 2014 World Cup Commission of Inquiry in a fruitful one-hour interaction via?skype.

Michael Essien
Michael Essien

Countless allegations were leveled against?the former Chelsea star on happenings that led?to the Black Stars World Cup exit before his?appearance.

But he denied all the accusations, including?one of refusing to warm up before the Ghana-?Portugal game.

?As far as I am concerned, substitutes need?not warm up always before matches. They warm?up when changes are about to be made.?

The AC Milan man also denied claims that?former Black Stars manager Kwesi Appiah lost?the dressing room, one of the reasons assigned to
Ghana?s early exit from the Mundial.

Contrary to speculations that the senior players?disrespected coach Appiah, Essien indicated?that they cooperated well with the former Ghana?trainer, adding that they accorded local coaches?the same respect as their foreign counterparts.

Responding to whether the infamous appearance?fee accounted for the team?s failure, he said,??The appearance fee was also not the problem,
but the promises and failing to fulfill them was?the issue.?

He mentioned that players play for pride and?consider it an honour to play for Ghana. ?I have?sacrificed despite nine surgeries playing for
Ghana.?

The strong midfielder said the issue of too?many people around the team should be looked?at critically.

Sources close to the Commission indicate that?other Black Stars players would be heard soon.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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