Former Ghana international Michael Essien says he was unlucky to win the Cup of Nations title with the Black Stars.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan star could only boast of two World Cup appearances with the Black Stars after losing out on the Cup of Nations trophy on two occasions, thus in 2008 and 2010.
Essien was in the Black Stars squad that could only manage a third place finish on home soil in the 2008 Cup of Nation tournament hosted in Ghana.
The 36-year-old was also a member of the squad that went all the way to the finals in 2010, a tournament which saw the midfielder making just one appearance after sustaining an injury in the team’s opening game against Cote d’ Ivoire.
The ex-Olympique Lyon player recounts Ghana’s lost moments in the competition.
“It’s difficult to explain why [we couldn’t win the Afcon] because we applied the same level of dedication and effort in both the World Cup and the Afcon but football can be like that,” Essien is quoted by Goal.
“Sometimes you can try everything and still not win.
“But as long as you leave the pitch knowing you have given everything, you can hold your head high.”
He made a total of 59 appearances for the Ghana National team scoring nine goals between 2002 and 2014.