Ex-Black Stars and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien believes the recent exposé by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into corruption in Ghana football vindicates players who were tagged as troublemakers during the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
During the Brazil 2014 scandal, Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng were expelled from the team’s camp and handed an indefinite ban from the national team for alleged physical assault and verbal abuse.
It was alleged that the Black Stars players at the World Cup had threatened to boycott a group game if they were not paid bonuses.
This incident led to then President Mahama and officials of the Ghana Football Association to airlift $3 million from Accra to Brazil.
In the wake of the Brazil 2014 scandal, President John Dramani Mahama set up the Dzamefe Commission of Enquiry to investigate Ghana’s public ridicule found officials of the FA including then-President Kwesi Nyantakyi guilty of financial malfeasance.
But speaking to Accra based Adom FM in a report by ghanasoccernet, Essien said: “Ghanaians will now understand the reasons why that incident happened in Brazil by virtue of what is going on currently in our football”.
“It will be very wrong for anyone to criticize me, Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng for all that happened during the World Cup. Muntari, in particular, is a very good person and I have known him since our childhood days.
“What happened in Brazil was not supposed to happen in the first place but it did.
“Strange men were brought to the team’s camp and we didn’t know who they were. Things happened and that episode is sad, its a shame. Maybe with this Anas revelation Ghanaians will understand better what happened”, Essien added.