Monday, August 13, 2007

Essiens Calls for Cup of Nations Change

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has called for a rethink on the timing of the African Cup of Nations.

Chelsea are poised to lose Essien, Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou for up to a month during next January's tournament in Ghana.

Essien thinks that switching the tourney to the end of the European season would have the support of players.

"If they can change it would be good for us players and it would be good the clubs too," said Essien.

"You have to leave in January, which is a difficult month for the club, but you have to go and help your country. If they can change it would be good for us."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has planned for the loss of his African players as the Blues look to win the English title back from Manchester United.

Mourinho has signed Tal Ben Haim, Claudio Pizarro and Steve Sidwell over the summer transfer period.

"I think the new players here are really very good, they fit in really well," added Essien.

"I think we have good players to fit in whilst we are away, so I don't think it will be a problem. I hope not."

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