Former Ghanaian international Michael Essien has made a significant advancement in his coaching career following his completion of the UEFA A coaching license.
Following a brief stint with the Azerbaijani team Sabail FK in 2020, Essien retired from professional football and began working toward his coaching credentials.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder then joined Danish club Nordsjaelland as one of their first-team assistant coaches.
In a post on Twitter, Essien announced that he has now acquired the UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth A licenses.
“Step by step, I am learning and growing as a coach. Happy to have completed my UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth A license,” Essien tweeted.
“Thanks to the family, @fawales, my tutors, my mentor and RTD/FCN for the support. And big thank you to Tom Vernon and Flemming Pedersen. @FCNordsjaelland.”
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, @fawales, my tutors, my mentor and RTD/FCN for the support. And big thank you to Tom Vernon and Flemming Pedersen. @FCNordsjaelland pic.twitter.com/WgyZDYA7eH
— Michael Essien® (@MichaelEssien) February 14, 2023
Essien enjoyed a trophy-laden career which lasted over a decade and a half following his breakout year at Lyon, where he won two Ligue 1 titles.
It was an honour to be part of the official launch of Right To Dream in Egypt @right2dream_ar 📚 🇪🇬 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dRjxKVjdRy
— Michael Essien® (@MichaelEssien) November 5, 2022
He became Chelsea’s record signing when the club forked out £24.4 million to price him away from Lyon in 2005.
He spent almost a decade at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to win multiple Premier League and FA Cup titles, as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2012.
Essien joins a select list of Ghanaian footballers who have recently acquired their coaching badges, including Laryea Kingston and Asamoah Gyan.