The former Black Stars international midfielder is currently contracted to Azerbaijan’s Sebail FK but stated that he would like to play in the PSL before he retires from professional football.
“South Africa is not bad, I would like to come here,” Essien told the media during a Budweiser launch in Bedfordview.
The 36-year-old is working with the beer brand as the global ambassador in their new partnership with the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.
“You can never say never, I am keeping my options open. I love football, I love football …I have played it my whole life. So, I am not thinking about retirement at all (for now),” he added.
Although he played for clubs such as Real Madrid in the La Liga, Italian giants AC Milan in the Serie A, Essien had a glittering career with the Blues where he lifted two EPL titles as well as the prestigious UEFA Champions League.
A look at some of the Ghanaians in the South African top tier, there are players in the likes of Ghana’s number one goalkeeper Richard Ofori who is currently on Maritzburg United’s books.
On the other hand, Kaizer Chiefs recently signed midfielder James Kotei from Tanzanian-based side Simba Sports Club during the transfer window.
Essien also added that Bafana Bafana is a great football team just before Ghana meet the 1996 African champions in the 2021 Afcon Qualifiers in November en route to Cameroon.
“I don’t know (why SA hasn’t exported many players). In football, you can’t explain what’s going wrong. On a personal level, I think they have to just keep pushing and working hard. Take their chances and see what happens,” Essien continued.
“However, I think they (Bafana) did well because they beat Egypt,” he concluded.