Prince Tagoe, a former striker for Ghana, has supported Michael Essien’s decision to step distance himself as Black Stars coach.
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The former Chelsea player now holds UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth instruct certifications, making him qualified to instruct at the highest level.
According to Nigerian journalist Lolade Adewuyi, the 40-year-old has expressed his unwillingness to lead the Black Stars in the future.
Tagoe, however, thinks Essien’s decision to decline the national team position was motivated by resentment over the reception he received from Ghanaians during his playing career.
He thinks Essien’s extensive experience may benefit Ghanaian football, but he also thinks Essien has every right to turn down any invitation to lead the Black Stars.
“In my opinion, the people of Ghana did not treat him well. He used to give all for Ghana when he was in top form, but when a few injuries started to affect his play, we passed him over in favor of players like Anthony Annan, the player told Angel TV.
Ghanaians no longer held Essien in high regard. These are the persons who can aid Ghana’s football; he is a player with a big profile like Stephen Appiah. Essien was unquestionably mistreated, and he is correct if he claims he won’t approach the Black Stars, he continued.
Essien and Tagoe appeared together at the Black Starlets and Black Satellites. The former player for Real Madrid and AC Milan later played with the Black Stars, making 58 games and tallying nine goals.
Essien announced his retirement from professional football in 2020 after winning numerous championships, including the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Now working as a coach with FC Nordjaelland in Denmark, Essien.