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I was prepared to coach and I’m happy at Nordsjaelland – Micheal Essien

Former Ghana international Micheal Essien shed light on his coaching career as he transformed from a player coach role to an assistant at FC Nordsjaelland through the Right To Dream Project. 

FC Nordsjaelland appointed Micheal Essien as Assistant Coach in 2020 right after hanging his boots. He featured for Liberty Proffesionals before joining European giants Olympique Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

The Bison then ended his career after playing in the middle East for Persip Bandung.

Essien had an interview with 3Sports, touching on his career and coaching ambitions.

The former Black Stars number 8 on his preparedness towards the decision to coach.

“I think it is more easy when you prepare yourself. Because I started my license before I stopped playing.

“So once I stopped, I got into the field of coaching. The coaching aspect is very different from playing football. I’m focused on coaching. Of course sometimes I miss it but once you’re done you are done.”

Essien on the Right to Dream project

“In general, just happy to be part of this organization’s project. This organization has been one of the best I’ve been in because we try to prepare the boys for their football.

“And the information we give them will help them move to the next stage of their career.”

Micheal Essien rose through the ranks at U17 to U20 through to the Black Stars, He capped 59 times and scored 9 goals for the senior team.

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