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Chelsea's Essien apologises for Ghana no-show

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has apologised to the Ghana Football Association for going absent before an international friendly against Angola. The vice-president of the GFA and chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee, Fred Pappoe, also confirmed another truant player for that same tournament, striker Asamoah Gyan has also apologised.

"As I was leaving the FA secretariat yesterday, two players Essien and Asamoah had written to apologise for their behaviour," he told Peace Sports.

However, Pappoe could not confirm whether Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari had also pleaded for clemency.

The trio snubbed the team without any apparent reason in an international friendly against 2010 Africa Nations Cup host Angola on November 18.

Meanwhile, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted that Essien sought permission to miss the friendly game against Angola.

"It is simple. He asked the manager of Ghana if he could avoid the game on Wednesday.

"We gave him a day of rest and it was no problem.

"I didn't speak with the Ghana manager. I spoke only with Essien," Ancelotti said.

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