African Nations Cup: Michael Essien Named Captain and Joins Ghana Squad

Star midfielder Michael Essien joins the Ghana squad on Tuesday…
Ghana international and Chelsea midfield star Michael Essien would captain the Black Stars at the upcoming African Cup of Nations.

Essien takes charge following the absence of the usual skipper Stephen Appiah and his deputy John Mensah, both of whom are nursing injuries and will miss the tournament.

Meanwhile, “the Bison” is scheduled to join the Ghana team, currently camping in South Africa, on Tuesday before the squad departs for Angola.

“We agreed that he must complete his rehabilitation with Chelsea, so I expect him to join us on Tuesday before we go to Angola,” coach Milovan Rajevac told

Essien’s involvement in the Ghana team comes as a source of relief for a lot of worried football loving fans in the West African nation.

“There are too many late injuries in the team and his return would at least boost our confidence a bit,” Razak Gado, a Black Stars supporter at football loving locality, Nima, told

He added, “Essien plays with all his heart and might and it’s good to see him at Angola 2010. I’m not too sure that we would win the trophy, though, but it’s a good news for us to at least go further in the tournament.”

Ghana would confront Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo in Group B.

K.N.S Mensah,