Rabiu: ‘Essien the Secret to my Success’
The Black Stars’ unsung hero, Mohammed Rabiu has praised Michael Essien for moulding him into a different player during the team’s participation in their year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Talking to 90 MINUTES in an exclusive interview in Brazil, the 24-year-old had this to say about the AC Milan midfielder: “To play and see Essien on the bench was something else because he had seen it in all at club and national team football. But to my surprise, he coached me during training sessions and games and pointed out some few things that I wasn’t doing right in games and at training.
“I did well in Brazil because I had such great guys like Essien who was always there to advise me on what to do.”
The defensive midfielder played in all three of Ghana’s Group G matches in Brazil, a sign of the faith afforded him by manager Kwesi Appiah. The Kuban Krasnodar star also thanked coach Kwesi Appiah for having the trust in him during the Black Stars’ campaign in Brazil, “I also owe the coach a lot for having faith in me and making me show the whole world of the stuff I’m made of. It wasn’t about personal glory in Brazil and every member in the team put Ghana first.
“As much as we tried to go beyond the group stages, it wasn’t to be so and would urge the fans to support the team through these difficult moments.”
Rabiu also denied allegations that he had been nursing an injury through the finals that prevented fans from seeing the best of him.
“I wasn’t injured,” he began, “because prior to the World Cup, I returned from injury to play a major role in our league campaign. I was fit and I don’t think the coach would had fielded me in games had I been injured.”