Former Ghana International Joins Indonesian Side

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien announced on Tuesday that he would be continuing his illustrious football career with Indonesian club Persib Bandung.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract with the club and has the option to extend it at the end of the season.

The seasoned veteran joins Persib Bandung having already won so much in his career and having played in five different countries.

For Chelsea, Essien boasts two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one huge Champions League trophy. After leaving Chelsea, Essien spent time on loan at Real Madrid before signing a one-and-a-half-year contract with Italian giants AC Milan.

After enjoying one season with Greek side Panathinaikos, the Ghanaian became a free agent in the summer of 2016.

Essien will become the highest profile signing for Indonesian football since Argentine World Cup winner Mario Kempes and fellow African and Cameroon World Cup hero Roger Milla.

Persib Bandung is one of the more heavily supported clubs in the country.

Teddy Tjahyono, part of the club’s management expressed that the reason for bringing Essien in is to improve Indonesian football as a whole.

He revealed that bringing in players to that part of the world is quite difficult and that it took some time to negotiate with the Ghanaian.

Essien put on the national team shirt 58 times, playing in two World Cups before retiring ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

“Thank you for bringing me here,” Essien told the club’s website. “I’m excited and want to give my best.”

The start date for the Indonesian league’s new season is yet to be determined.

Essien will wear the number five shirt.

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Mitchell P. Rozansky

Mitchell P. Rozansky is a promising journalism scholar, member of the St. Bonaventure University Community and Editor-In-Chief of Globe Afrique Media, publisher of globeafrique.com. Prior to serving as editor in chief, he was entertainment editor of the media group, covering news stories and articles on sports, lifestyles, TV/films, music, and fashion.
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