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Essien Wanted To Play For Chiefs

An African football great and former Chelsea midfielder had shown an interest in playing for Amakhosi at some time during his career, according to a former Kaizer Chiefs player.

Hendrick ‘Pule' Ekstein had the honor of playing with Michael Essien in the second of his two-year stint in Azerbaijan, as the strong Ghanaian was finishing out his career at Azerbaijan Premier League team Sabail between 2019 and 2020.

The Bekkersdal native claims that the former Real Madrid great informed him of his desire to play for the Soweto giants.

In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Ekstein tells what the renowned Essien, who is currently an assistant coach at Danish Superliga team FC Nordsjaelland, taught him during his two years in Azerbaijan, where he played for two separate clubs in Sabah and Sabail.

“He is a supporter of South African football and aspires to play with the Kaizer Chiefs. He told me that he would have preferred to play for the Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa. He is, however, knowledgeable with South African football and other teams.

You should recall that he traveled to South Africa as part of a Budweiser push. He is familiar with a number of teams in the area, but he told me that the Chiefs are the team he would most like to play for. “However, he has now retired and completed his coaching badges, and he is now coaching in Denmark,” Ekstein explained.

In this week's issue of Soccer Laduma, version 1241, Ekstein speaks exclusively to Soccer Laduma about:

  • Why the ex-Chiefs crowd favourite came back to Mzansi though he was still loved and appreciated in Azerbaijan
  • His relationship with AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy which led to him joining the Durban-based club
  • Usuthu’s slow start to the season and losing in the first leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round fixture

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