Michael Essien Wants To Make Bigger Impact With June’s Charity Match

Posted On Friday, 26th April 2013

Michael Essien tackles Ashley Cole in first charity game in 2011

Michael Essien tackles Ashley Cole in first charity game in 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has spoken of his desire to making his charity game in June even bigger than his first two years ago.

The Chelsea player on-loan at Real Madrid is organizing his second charity event to raise funds for yet to be determined charities in Africa.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is one of a host of current and former football stars expected to thrill fans at the Accra Sports Stadium on June 8.

Essien in his ambassadorial role with the African Union pulled off a spectacular show in his maiden charity event two years ago to promote peace in Africa.

That charity game that featured stars such as Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Florent Malouda, Frederik Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor and others attracted a record crowd two years ago.

Essien is now looking to make his second charity event even bigger by adding a musical concert with performances from American musical icon Wyclef Jean.

The Ghana international just can’t wait to excite the Ghanaian crowd again on June 8.

“There is still a lot of work to do, for me and my team, to raise awareness with the supporters and make sure we have the players there to make it bigger and better than last time,” he said.

“Ghanaians love football, so I know they will want to be there to see it. I’m looking forward to it, and can’t wait to see so many happy people again.”