Ghanaian football legend, Michael Essien has revealed how he had to travel with his teammates for 24 hours just to play a league game during his time in Indonesia.
Michael Essien after leaving Panathinaikos in controversial circumstances and rejecting Melbourne Victory signed for Indonesian fold Persib Bandung in 2017. He signed a one-year contract with an option to extend for an additional year.
Essien took the number 5 shirt at the club, the same number he wore during his nine years at Chelsea.
“I have been to a few places like Indonesia, and we went to this village to play a game and it took us 24 hours to get there, meanwhile it was the same country,” he said on Nordsjaelland’s official YouTube channel.
“You could really travel to London and you will still have time to spare with that journey to that particular village. Essien laughed it off.
“But it was enjoyable, you have the experience to see other things and how different people live their lives.
“The trip to that village was really experiencing because we took the bus, the train, and an aeroplane, and we were fortunate because we travelled for three days earlier so after we arrived, we rested and then trained for the match.
“It was a nice experience and I enjoyed it”.
Essien left Persib Bandung in March 2018, he featured in 29 games for club and scored 5 goals.