Black Stars midfielder, Michael Essien, on Monday justified his decision to stay away from pre-match warm-up in the last World Cup game against Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brasil.
Essien, was reported to have refused to warm-up before the match against Portugal – the last group match of the competition.
Essien, who testified before the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Presidential Commission of Inquiry for an hour through skype, said, substitutes need not to warm up before matches as far as he was concerned.
According to a statement from the Public and Media Relations Manager of the Commission, substitutes only warm up when changes were about to be made, hence there was no need on his side to warm up before the match.
Essien, said head coach Kwesi Appiah did not lose control of the dressing room as speculated in the media adding the players cooperated well with the coach.
According to Essien, their behaviour under foreign coaches are the same as local coaches adding that, he was willing to play for the nation again.
He explained that, the appearance fee was not an issue in Brasil, but series of failed promises accounted for the conduct of the players.
The midfielder told the commission that, it was always an honour to play for the nation and he had over the years sacrificed nine surgeries to play for the Black Stars.
He added that, there were too many people around the team and this should be checked in future.