Essien arrives in Angola

2010-01-13 12:35
Michael Essien (File)

Angola - Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has finally joined his team-mates and is available for Friday's African Cup of Nations encounter against Ivory Coast.

The Chelsea star arrived in Angola on Wednesday and flew to the Northern town of Cabinda where the Ghana team is located.

Essien was set to join his team-mates on Sunday night in Cabinda but was forced to stay in London after extreme weather delayed flights out of England.

"He arrived this morning in Angola. He is with the team," Ghana Football Association's spokesperson Randy Abbey told The Associated Press.

"He is ready to play and is available for play. If the coach decides that he will play, he will be available for the game (against Ivory Coast)."

The Black Stars midfielder has recovered from a hamstring injury and is likely to face a fitness test before Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac decides whether he will play.

Ghana's scheduled opener against Togo on Monday was called off after Togo left the tournament following a deadly attack against its team bus last week. Each team in Group B will consequently only play two games with the top two teams reaching the knockout phase.

The Ivorians will wrap up their group campaign against Ghana and have no room for mistake as they could be eliminated if they lose.

Ghana recently won the Under-20 World Cup and Rajevac said he is likely to use his young talent to try and keep the Ivorians at bay.

"We want to win this competition but this first game is going to be interesting pitting our very young team against one of the best and most experienced sides in Africa," he said.

Ghana, which has won the biennial continental tournament four times, will be without Anthony Annan against the Elephants, with the Norway-based midfielder unavailable due to a hamstring injury.

Read more on:    michael essien  |  afcon

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.