Essien, Kingston call for quick return of league

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Michael Essien

Former Black Stars midfielders, Michael Essien and Laryea Kingston, have called on government to ensure a quick resolution of the current football impasse in the country to enable home-based players to continue with their careers.

The two stars, who helped the Stars to a third place finish in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ghana, said the sport needed to return as soon as possible, especially where it happens to be the livelihood of most players in the country.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the duo, however, called on home-based players to remain calm as government sought to fix the current mess in the administration of the sport in the country.

"It is a bad situation we are in Ghana at the moment now and government must be quick in finding a solution to the current happening in order to allow the sport return.


"As you know, the affected footballers need to return and enjoy their game as most of them have their livelihood depending on that.

"This situation is not healthy for the development of the sport in the country and must be addressed quickly to prevent it from stalling the progress of football," they explained.

The Premier League and other football-related activities were recently suspended by government as they sought to dissolve the current Ghana Football Association (GFA) administration following a documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas which captured some referees and some FA officials accepting bribe.

But following FIFA’s appointment of a two-man liaison team, comprising Dr Kofi Amoah and Francis Oti Akenten, early this month, government decided to allow only national teams to honour their international engagements.