One for EssienÂ’s ex-lover

essien.jpgMidfield ace Michael Essien’s former lover, Dela Ackumey’s calculated
attempt to propound stories to discredit the Chelsea and the Black
Stars’ player has been found out.

According
to The Chronicle, Dela’s nefarious acts which have dragged the player’s
name onto many English tabloids in recent times, has threatened the
2008 Champions League finalist’s stay in London.

Dela, now
domiciled in the United Kingdom (UK), is yet to come to terms with the
fact that she has lost her place in the heart of the Chelsea marksman,
and has consequently tried in vain to make the player unpopular.

The
paper explains that Essien’s decision to break up with Dela just before
the Germany 2006 World Cup, prompted her to solicit for ‘spiritual
assistance’ from Essien’s pastor, Rev. Sam Korankyi Ankrah of Royal
House Chapel, and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as well as her
parents, for the player to pay her off.

When the Pastor’s
efforts to talk to Essien into rescinding his decision yielded no
answer, she resorted to a British court to demand compensation for
their three-year affair, but the court threw her request out.

Consequently,
she decided to whip up public hatred for Essien to exact her revenge in
UK newspapers like News of the World, after she failed to get US$l0m
compensation from her ex-lover.

The paper says Dela was kicked
out of Essien’s £1.5 million home in Cobham, Surrey, near Chelsea’s
training ground when she cut herself with a knife, claiming she was
attacked by unknown assailants with unclear motives.

But the
frightened Chelsea star wanted to confirm the identity of the alleged
assailants so he watched his CCTV camera, which Dela did not know was
installed in the mansion.

Essien apparently discovered after
watching the tape that she had used the knife on herself and the
Chelsea star lost trust in her, which resulted in their split. (The
Chronicle said the video footage is doing the rounds in Accra).

Unknown
to Essien, before leaving for the UK, Dela had posed as the wife of the
star and got Essien’s father to endorse documents to support such a
claim. Armed with that "evidence", Dela is pursuing her claim for
compensation from her "husband".

She told the News of the
World in the UK last week that Essien was secretly seeing another
Ghanaian, a film star while he was with her. But her friends say their
relationship ended before the 2006 World Cup while Essien met the
famous actress in 2007 when he travelled with Didier Drogba to Accra to
receive the African Player of the Year award.

One of his Black
Stars team mates, who want to remain anonymous, confided in The
Chronicle that "Michael has not been himself in camp.

“We hope
that this lady leaves him alone to concentrate on what he knows how to
do best. We all Love Michael and we want to see him come back to
himself."

The revelation of her US$l0 million demand has now
led many people to conclude that Dela is one of the women who seek
well-to-do football stars just to fleece them.

Many Ghanaian
players have fallen prey to such self-seeking females in search of
wealthy and famous footballers to date for financial gains.

Essien
was introduced to Ackumey by her friends in 2003 when she was a ticket
assistant at the State Transport Corporation (STC) in Accra.

According
to The Chronicle, in her bid to attract sympathy and avoid being
referred to as a ‘gold digger’, Dela told the News of the World that
she was unaware of Essien’s star status when they met in 2005, in
Accra.

However, when her friend Celina, introduced Essien to
her in 2005, the midfielder was already wealthy and a household name in
Ghana following his impressive outing for French side, Olympic Lyon in
the UEFA Champions League and the Black Stars.

About a
fortnight ago, Myjoyonline republished an interview granted News of the
World by Dela in which she sought to claim that Essien was a cheat who
cheated on her several times while they were together.

Credit: The Chronicle