Retired Ghanaian international footballer, Michael has started a new football career as a pundit on Saudi Television. Essien starts punditry work during the Monday night clash between UAE and Saudi Clubs Al Ahli and Al Hilal respectively, in London.
He made his debut appearance as a pundit alongside other panelists on set for Saudi-based MBC Sports in a makeshift studio built at Craven Cottage. The Monday night match which had over 16,000 live spectators, saw Al Ahli claim the 2016 Saudi Super Cup with a 4-3 penalty shootout win after a 1-1 draw with Al Hilal.
Reports reveal that the punditry job, especially in the Arabian and European countries is a very lucrative one with some pundits earning as much as £5,000 per appearance on match days.
It is hoped that as Essien starts punditry work, wider doors of opportunity would be opened for the Chelsea legend. Who knows? He may end up landing a job with any of the international sports broadcasters like Al Jazeera Sports, South African SuperSports, SkySports and UK-based BT Sport. That’s if he performs well in his current job.
If we could recall, Al Jazeera offers jobs for former footballers in the likes of Marcel Desailly and George Weah.
Michael Essien who expressed appreciation for his new job took to twitter to say that he enjoyed his punditry debut. Posting a photo of himself in the panel, he wrote:
Enjoyed my punditry debut #saudisupercup2016 #London @fulhamfc thanks @MBCProSports for invite #Alahli #Alhilal
Michael Essien is a Ghanaian international footballer who last played for Panathinaikos and the Ghana national team. In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the season award twice, in the 2006/07 and 2008/09 seasons. Essien was popularly known for his energetic box-to-box mid-fielding skills which earned him the nickname, Bison.