Drama As Chelsea Claims Essien Sought Permission Over No-Show

Cheslea coach Carlo Ancelotti has risked infuriating the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after claiming that Michael Essien sought permission to miss Wednesday's friendly game with Angola. The Italian boss of the English Premier League side implies the GFA lied when it said Essien refused to join the Black Stars for the game in Luanda. Angry GFA officials revealed earlier this week three players including Chelsea star Essien refused to join the squad for the game in Luanda. Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan also skipped the game without permission from Milovan Rajevac which has infuriated the Serbian coach. The GFA is investigating the circumstances under which the three players refused to travel with the squad. Even though the GFA released a statement saying the players intentionally absented themselves, Ancelotti implies the GFA is not telling the truth. Ancelotti said: "It is simple. He asked the manager of Ghana if he could avoid the game on Wednesday. "We gave him a day of rest and it was no problem. "I didn't speak with the Ghana manager. I spoke only with Essien." Gyan has already apologised for his absence blaming his French club Rennes who claimed they sought permission from the GFA.