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2014 World Cup: Ghana can stun the world - Jonathan Mensah

Published on: 23 May 2014
Jonathan Mensah

Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah believes the Black Stars can reach the last four at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

In 2010 they narrowly failed to become Africa's first semi-finalists when they lost on penalties to Uruguay in the quarter-finals, having missed a spot-kick in the last moments of extra-time.

"I think we will do better than we did last time," Mensah told BBC Sport.

"If we can stick together and take it it game by game, I believe we can stun the world in Brazil."

Ghana have possibly the toughest draw of all the African sides at the finals, drawn in Group G with Germany, Portugal and United States.

But the 23-year-old Mensah insists the four-time African champions are well equipped to make history

"The best mentality going into any tournament is that you can achieve bigger things. You don't go there limiting yourself because some people think it's impossible," he said.

"We still have the same experienced players with a blend of committed younger players and everyone has improved in all aspect of the game.

"The team has also improved physically, psychologically and mentally. We can only set the bar higher this time, so without sounding too arrogant or disrespectful I think we can do better than we did in South Africa."

The Black Stars will open their campaign against the USA on 16 June, then play Germany and finish their group fixtures against Portugal. A bad start would heap the pressure on Ghana and some critics have suggested they may not be up to the task.

Mensah, who played in two group stage games and in the round of 16 win against United States at the 2010 event, insists they will give their answer on the pitch.

"As a professional footballer you don't allow what people say get to you because they said similar things about Ghana in 2006 and 2010," Mensah said.

"With teamwork, our blend of youth and experience, new maturity, love and understanding, I think we can put Africa on the map in Brazil."

Mensah attributes his confidence to a strong work ethic and bond within the squad under coach Kwesi Appiah.

"The players have big respect for the manager who always wants the team to get better every day," said the Evian centre-back.

"There's also that bond within the squad. The senior players welcome young players like their own blood brothers.

"It doesn't matter where you play or who you are and what you've achieved in football, everyone is just fighting for one cause, for the country and our passionate fans."


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Blow says:
    May 23, 2014 11:58 pm
    The USA IS going to enforce power play on us considering the slow nature of our build up. We don't need to change anything; all we need to do is to be physically strong on the ball and keep it well.
  • PENDRIVE says:
    May 23, 2014 02:04 pm
    I am so touched by his strong believes and the confidence in him. May the sky be our limit.
  • Zola says:
    May 23, 2014 01:54 pm
    Awwww..daz da team spirit of Gh..beware of our hero's.. let dem cme
  • King of kings says:
    May 23, 2014 04:06 pm
    This Mensah guy should partner boye in the defense. This his second World Cup and i am sure he will do better than he did the last World cup.If Ghana gets his defense right,We can win the world cup in Brazil
  • Peter says:
    May 24, 2014 01:25 am
    This is encouraging from Mensah and I hear from him what all the other team members are saying. It is easy to determine all his team mates have same mind. This is indicative of unity, stability, passion, willingness and the preparedness of the team as a whole to put up their best to go further than they did in 2010. It builds confidence for support and calls for all to stand with them even as they prepare for the world cup. Very well said Jonathan you have built my confidence and I will continue to pray for all of you to do exploits in Brazil.
  • kobby says:
    May 24, 2014 01:43 pm
    This type of mentality i like all the players to have but i know some of the players have the same mentality like dede and i think some of the players May prove themself but for this mentality J mensah you are my hero.
  • Benito says:
    May 23, 2014 02:43 pm
    Well spoken, I think mental toughness play a big part in the game,and if everyone in the team can strong mentally then no team can beat us.
  • Di Carlo says:
    May 23, 2014 03:08 pm
    Good chat, beautiful spirit...may the rest of the warriors develop that mental fortitude to the battle field,I have a strong feeling that after we come out of the group we will meet Uruguay on the way...semifinals possibly...oh what a sweet revenge...then Azonto will clash with samba in the finals.Bring it on, the Blacks stars are ready to illuminate Brazil.
  • NANA BULA says:
    May 23, 2014 09:08 pm
    I am short of words. This is the first time l have hear a Ghanaian Player ever talking like the sky is the limit KUDOS JOHNATHAN MAKE US PROUD THE PITCH WILL DECIDE WORLD CUP BABY
  • Rev Eddie Arthur says:
    May 24, 2014 11:36 am
    Excellent mindset! I hope all the members of the Black Star squad including the mangers are carrying this mindset and more. Let The the God factor cause Ghana to excel and stun the world. Believe God to make what looks impossible possible.