Michael Essien should retire from international football – Mohammed Polo

The former Ghana international feels it is about time the midfielder hangs his international boot since he is finding it difficult to regain full fitness
Ghana football legend Mohammed Polo has suggested to Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien to quit international football.

The 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winner feels that option may be good for the Bison’s health since he has not been able to return to international duties after featuring in a 2012 Nations Cup qualifier against Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The midfielder has been racing against time to recapture his full fitness and recently had to be sidelined for the Uefa Champions League game against Ajax over an allergic reaction.

“What is happening to Essien is very sad,” Polo told the Finder Sports. “He was just in the process of regaining his fitness and that allergy appeared.”

“I think that he should retire if he thinks that he won’t be able to play as he used to.”

He added: “Every football player is always afraid to stop his career because playing is what he lives for; nevertheless, there is a life after football.

“We have done it and I know that Essien can also do the same. He has so much to offer even after football.”

The on-loan Real Madrid player has asked permission from the Black Stars technical handlers to exclude him from Ghana’s plans for the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.