Milan midfielder Michael Essien has said with time Ghanaians will know whether he misconducted himself or otherwise prior to Ghana’s final group game against Portugal at the World Cup.
Essien is reported to have refused to warm-up ahead of the game against a Cristiano Ronaldo-led side which ended 2-1 and the case is being reviewed by the Ghana FA after coach Kwesi Appiah cited it in his technical report.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder is urging for “decent dialogue” to resolve issues ranging from appearance fees row and unrest in camp instead of the ongoing “destructive and vicious attacks and counter attacks on individual members of the team.”
He said in a media statement: “I hold the view that we can investigate and resolve these issues without further destroying the team.
“I therefore urge all of us who continue to make public comments on the team’s painful experience of leaving the tournament as early as we did with just a point[from a possible nine points] to be circumspect in our discourse.”
“I also urge all involved to please remain calm and allow state authorities interested in investigating the issues at stake to do their jobs without any interference and come out with the truth. It is only then that we can learn from our mistakes and reform all aspects of our preparations for major football tournaments in order to restore the pride and glory of Ghana Football. I strongly believe that it is absolutely the right thing to do for the good and prosperity of Ghana Football.”
Essien added: “It is in keeping with the positions stated above that I have decided to refrain from responding to the GFA’s allegation that I had displayed acts of indiscipline before and during the Portugal game in Brazil. In deciding not to respond to the allegations, I am convinced that in the fullness of time, all the facts surrounding the entire episode will become public for the good people of Ghana to judge my guilt or otherwise.”
Ghana finished fourth in Group G with just a point and failed to make it to the knockout stage of the competition for the first time in their third attempt.