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2014 World Cup: Jonathan Mensah ready to step into big boots of John Mensah in Brazil

Published on: 26 May 2014
Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah

Jonathan Mensah believes he is ready to come into his own as the main defender for the Black Stars following years of apprenticeship under John Mensah.

The 23-year-old is likely to form the first choice partnership with John Boye in next month’s finals in Brazil.

Mensah has come off a productive season with Evian TG where he made 26 appearances in Ligue 1 – more than any season since he moved to France 2011.

The ex Free State Stars man has had to deal with several injuries in the past but has now proved his fitness over the course of the Ligue 1 season and is now set to play a regular starting role for the Black Stars at the World Cup.

The 2009 Ghana U20 World Cup winner has credited ex Ghana captain John Mensah for his guidance all these years as he looks to come into his own at the World Cup in Brazil.

“I leant a lot from him [John Mensah], and I am still learning from others too,” he told

“I am willing to progress all the time and always do my best for the national team.”

Mensah is considered the heir apparent to John Mensah but has struggled to live up to his enormous potential largely due to injuries.

He now hopes to make very good use of his apparent regular first team role with the side at the World Cup in Brazil to cement himself as one of the undoubted first choice central defenders in the team.


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  • Spirit says:
    May 26, 2014 07:22 pm
    @ selfmade I agree with you.
  • selfmade says:
    May 26, 2014 03:46 pm
    Ghana has now two solid formations that seems to be working for us at the moment! The Serbian coaches favorite, 4-5-1 with emphasis on quick counters has aided us to become the first African country with solid achievements in the WC! Now,AA, the first blackmaan to qualify Ghana, a traditional african POWERHOUSE to the global theatre called the world cup used the more fluid formation call the 4-4-2 with complete emphasis on total attack and fluid midfield and though this has recked in an unprecedented goals for Ghana, another noticeable problem has come along wirh this formation been the defence! I want to add that, AA should consider this forrmation too 5-3-2 when we are under intense attack! Considering if we have essien on the field, when we are under attack, essien should be converted instantly as a central defender togather with john boye and then JONATHAN MENSAH TAKES THE SWEEPER ROLE becasus he is more of a SWEEPER than a central defender! If u watch his play critically,he MOBB THE FLOOR ALOT with tough tackling and he is VERY FAST TOO! This formation should be use when we are under pressure defensively and we still can maintain our two twin strikers and two tough midfielders who we have in abundance! We can turn defense into attack in a min using the fullbacks and still have the luxury of TWO SOLID CENTRAL DEFENDERS cum a sweeper!!