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Michael Essien Is The Best Midfielder I Have Ever Played With, Says Stephen Appiah

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Michael Essien Is The Best Midfielder I Have Ever Played With, Says Stephen Appiah
LISTEN MAY 11, 2020

Former Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, has picked Michael Essien as the best player he has ever played with.

Essien and Appiah featured for the senior national team, the Black Stars over a decade.

The pair played together during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and they were key parts of the team during the tournament as Ghana reached the last 16 in Germany.

Appiah was speaking on a live Instagram chat put together by Betway on Saturday, May 9.

The former Juventus and Fenerbache midfield kingpin recounted the various midfield partners he worked within his time in the national team in response to questions he was asked by fans who had joined the live chat.

The former Hearts of Oak midfielder mentioned names like Derek Boateng and a few other but he rated Essien very highly.

“I played with Michael Essien a lot and sometimes with Derek Boateng. In that very popular match against South Africa in Kumasi in which we won 3-0, William Tiero (who played for Liberty Professionals at the time) was in that match and I must say that he played very well that day. I even think he was the best player on that day.

"I enjoyed playing with a lot of midfielders in the national team but the Bison (in reference to Essien) was the Bison.

"He was the general,” he added.
Essien, who won many trophies with Chelsea currently plays in Azaberjan.

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