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Essien Inspired By Brother's Death
Chelsea star Michael Essien has told the BBC how his brother's death inspired him to set up a charity in his native Ghana.

The Michael Essien Foundation will be launched on 14 November, just before Ghana's final 2010 qualifying match.

"Hopefully I can do something to help the village where I grew up," he told the BBC World Service.

"It's about 30 minutes outside Accra, where I grew up with my four sisters and my Mum.

"The most important thing for me to set up this foundation was my late brother," Essien said.

"I never got the chance to meet him before he died but I learned later he died when looking for water for the family to live by.

"So that's why I came up with this foundation to help the communities, develop the amenities and give them opportunities to do something."

The charity will be launched at Ghana's State House in Accra, with guests ranging from the country's Vice-President to the former World Footballer of the Year George Weah.

Essien and some of his Ghana team mates will also be there, a day before they meet Mali in the last game of Africa's marathon road to South Africa 2010.

The Black Stars secured their place in South Africa some time ago and Essien says he's hoping to help them go a long way at the global showpiece next year.

He missed their last game at a World Cup finals, the defeat against Brazil in Germany 2006, because of suspension.

"To me it was one of the biggest games of my life but that's football, you have to accept it and move forward," he told the BBC.

"I'm looking forward to another great tournament next year so hopefully I can play all the games and see what happens."
Source: Ghana FA - Ghana FA
Tags:Ghana, Michael Essien, Essien Inspired By Brother's Death, Ghana Soccer
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