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Michael Essien and Event organizers have confirmed a powerful African Union Delegation will arrive in Accra, Ghana for the peace game on Wednesday, 25th May.
The African Union appointed Michael Essien Peace Ambassador last year to help create awareness about Peace in Africa.
Michael has since last year been doing interviews and raising awareness about Peace through his club Chelsea.
However the big one has always been putting together ESSIEN'S PEACE MATCH and the AU are supporting Michael by sending a powerful delegation to Accra.
According to Essien, the biggest aspect was getting his colleague international football stars to grace the occasion due to various reasons.
He confirmed to Peace Fm that players including Paolo Maldini, George Weah, Kalusha Bwalya, Abedi Pele, Stephen Appiah, Jermaine Defoe and Chelsea teammates; Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou and many more have all confirmed they will be coming to Ghana for the game at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.
Michael Essien, an AU Peace Ambassador, who is organizing the AU PEACE MATCH event told Peace Fm’s Kwami Sefa-Kayi, host of the “kokrokoo” programme in an interview that the main idea and aim of the match was to create awareness and promote peace in the Africa region.
Funds raised from the game will be given to the African Union for their Peace Projects.
The players are expected to arrive on 24 May and press conferences will be held before and after the game
“Never Boycotted Black Stars”
The Ghanaian International and Chelsea midfield dynamo Michael Essien said that he is happy to be back in the Star’s fold after his long absence from the team since the 2010 African Nations Cup held in Angola.
Essien said he was bitter on hearing news in the media that he had boycotted the team and did not want to return.
“I never said I won’t be back, I asked permission from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to take leave for a while in other to get into a good shape after my injury “,he told Peace Fm.
However, he said the team was still strong and gelled well while he was away, with the blending of the young generation and the few experienced ones in the squad.
This will be the first time in a little over a year since Michael Essien played a competitive or a friendly game for the Black Stars after sustaining an injury during the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Angola.
He has been invited to join the Black Stars as the team prepares for the Nations Cup qualifiers against DR. Congo in Kumasi.
Touching on the performance of his club (Chelsea) this season, Essien said it was a very disappointing season for the team but now it was over and hopefully they will come back good in the next season.
He added that the team struggled a bit during the winter and even though they worked hard to turn the tables around, it was very difficult to do so.
The sacking of manager Carlo Ancelotti was an emotional and painful situation but life has to go on,he said.
Source: Alex Ofei/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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