- Michael Essien has successfully completed his UEFA coaching courses
- The former Ghana and Chelsea star works as assistant manager at FC Nordsjaelland
- Essien retired from playing in 2020 after a successful football career
Former Ghana and Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien's journey to becoming a coach took a huge step after acquiring his license.
The 40-year-old secured his UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth A coaching license from the Welsh Football Association.
Essien, who works as assistant manager at Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, shared his excitement after completing the courses.
"Step by step, I am learning and growing as a coach. Happy to have completed my UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth A license. Thanks to the family, Wales FA, my tutors, my mentor and RTD/FCN for the support. And big thank you to Tom Vernon and Flemming Pedersen, FC Nordsjaelland," he wrote on Twitter.
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Essien started taking baby steps in coaching right after ending his football career in 2020.
The former Ghana international enjoyed a stellar career, where he won several titles with English giants Chelsea FC. Essien won two Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea.
Before arriving at Chelsea, he had won two Ligue 1 titles with French side Olympique Lyonnais.
He was a member of the Ghana team that first qualified the Black Stars to the World Cup in 2006.
Essien meets Ghana coach
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Black Stars coach Otto Addo has travelled to Denmark to monitor Ghanaian players in the Super Liga ahead of the announcement of his squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
During his visit of the Scandinavian country, the 47-year-old met his former teammate, Michael Essien.
Essien works with Danish topflight side FC Nordsjaelland as assistant coach since hanging his boots.
Gyan names Essien in 5-aside team
Legendary Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan has named his all-time five-a-side team, which includes himself.
The 37-year-old, who is yet to formally hang up his boots, named a team made of former players.
The ex-captain of the Black Stars is currently in South Africa, working as a pundit for sports broadcaster SuperSport.