While Ghana's Black Stars are still in disbelief following the news that their skipper and talisman, Michael Essien, will not make the trip to the FIFA World Cup™, Ghana coach, Milovan Rajevac has assumed a more pragmatic approach to preparing his team for a life without the midfield maestro.
“It’s a big blow, not only to the team but to the country,” he told FIFA.com. “He is an instrumental player, he is important to this team. Michael is a winner, he is a big asset and we are all sad about the fact that we will go to South Africa without him. He is one of the most experienced players in my team and I have no doubt that he was going to have a positive contribution to our ambitions,” Rajevac added.