Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Essien at 2006 World Cup

Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Essien at 2006 World Cup

- Chimamanda Adichie has revealed she once had a mild crush on a Ghanaian football legend Michael Essien

- According to her, it was after the Ghanaian team defeated the United States at a World Cup tournament that Nigeria did not qualify for, suggesting it is the 2006 World Cup

- Adichie made the revelation in the introduction she wrote for a picture book, Africa - The Future of Football

Celebrated author, Chimamanda Adichie, has revealed that she once had a mild crush on Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien, for his looks and football skills.

According to Adichie, this happened after the Black Stars of Ghana beat the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Chimamanda confessed that she was stunned by Michael Essien's looks and dexterity on the football pitch.

Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Michael Essien at 2006 World Cup

Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Michael Essien at 2006 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
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She made the revelation in the introduction she wrote for a picture book, Africa - The Future of Football, authored by a photographer, Pall Stefansson.

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In a post on Facebook, Chimamanda disclosed that she watched the game with her best friend, Uju.

She said they hugged each other amid loud cheers when Ghana finally beat the United States.

Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Essien at 2006 World Cup

Chimamanda Adichie says she had crush on Essien at 2006 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
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'You know some of our boys started playing this game without shoes,’ Uju said. ‘Our boys’ were, of course, the Ghanaians.

"A small consequence of that game was my developing a mild crush on the Ghanaian player, Michael Essien, as much for his looks as for his dexterity,'' she said.

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Chimamanda, however, noted that ‘‘the larger and more important consequence was my realisation that sports allowed us, black Africans, to address historical and political grievances in the most cathartic way.”

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Michael Boye Marquaye, a former Ghanaian footballer based in the United Kingdom, has come out to claim that he is Marcus Rashford's biological father.

The Manchester United star was born to Jamaican parents Joseph Rashford, his father, and Melanie Rashford, his mother.

Officially, Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford is known to be of Jamaican descent.

But the latest revelation from the 65-year-old Michael Boye Marquaye proves otherwise as he claims the 22-year-old pacy striker is Ghananian.

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