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Essien to feature for African Legends side


Ex-Ghana star Michael Essien will join other African icons Didier Drogba, George Weah and Eto’o for a farewell match in Nigeria on May 18.

The exhibition match will be played in honour of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

It will be between African Legends and Ex- Super Eagles stars but before that will be the curtain raiser between Lagos United Under-15 boys and girls against their Kebbi State counterparts.

The match will be played at the remodeled Onikan Stadium 11 days to its final handover on 29 May.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode served Lagos State for four years.

Meanwhile the Former  has disclosed that there is a gulf of difference between football in Europe and Asia.

The 36-year old, who now plays for Azerbaijani side Sabail FK after leaving Persib Bandung revealed that Indonesian football has a long way to go.

“They are all different in many ways, starting from the style of play, team facilities, to the organization of competition as a whole. Also the form of support and also the quality of the teams that exist,” Essien told Goal.

“France, Britain, Spain and Italy cannot be compared with Ghana, Greece and Indonesia. The most recent [still] have a long way to go to catch up with others.”

The ex-AC Milan midfielder admits his desire of becoming a manager persuaded his move to Sabail FK, where he has been the opportunity of being a player-coach.

“When I was introduced to club management at the UEFA event, I was impressed with what they were trying to achieve and the fact that I could play at the same time train was a major factor in my interest,” he said.

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