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Ex-Ghana star Joe Addo worried about Jonathan Mensah's 'slowed' development

Published on: 04 March 2014
Jonathan Mensah

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana international Joe Addo has expressed surprise at the slow progress of Jonathan Mensah, urging the defender to take the leadership mantle at the back ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Mensah was touted as one of the brightest talent to have emerged from Africa after he excelled heavily during Ghana’s gold winning feat at the 2009 FIFA World Youth Championship in Egypt.

The 23-year-old, who graduated with Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Daniel Opare, Samuel Inkoom and David Addy, has failed to command a regular position in the Black Stars.

The Africans boast of an array of midfield stars and prolific attacking option in star man Asamoah Gyan and Abdul Majeed Waris.

But the central defense has been a major headache for Kwesi Appiah as he sizes up his squad for the global piece.

With experienced John Mensah unlikely to make the cut, there are fears the country could crack under the burden of expectation with no recognized leader at the back.

However the 42-year-old, who played for a decade for the West Africans, is shocked at the player’s ostensible slow progression but has charged him to step up to the plate.

“May be I shouldn't say this publicly but it needs to be said. One player who has disappointed me is Jonathan Mensah,” he told Accra-based Happy FM

“He graduated with Andre, Agyemang-Badu and others but they are all key members of the current set-up.

“But that cannot be said of Jonathan. I am expecting a lot from him which I have not seen yet.

“Sometimes when you make such statement, family and friends misconstrue your true intentions and mostly misinterpret what you truly mean.

“He should be the leader at the back. Not John Boye or Isaac Vorsah. I passed that onto Sammy Kuffuor, who in turned passed it onto John Mensah.

“I expect Jonathan to be that leader now. Don’t forget he was at the last World Cup.

“That boy is tactically and technically gifted. He is very good in the air, on the ground; can play with both the left and right foot and very strong. But for some strange reasons, he has not really commanded that space around him.

“He is one of the few players who has had many chances with the Black Stars. He’s been to two or Nations Cup and so I think it’s about time he took over the mantle.”

The former Ashantigold centre-back has made 18 appearances for French side Evian this term.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • sam va says:
    March 04, 2014 01:22 pm
    Well said, for someone who has been to two African cups and a world cup and playing in the league one, much is expected of him.he really needs to pick up or he might be axed from the black stars.
  • Chu says:
    March 04, 2014 02:08 pm
    This guy has got nothing to offer. He should be axed with immediate non hesitation and Nuru Sulley include. See how he caused the third goal against Japan. A central defender afraid of an attacking midfielder
  • sticky straw says:
    March 04, 2014 04:26 pm
    Kwasia sem kwa joe addo u are a big fool this boy and vorsah played very well for ghana during the last edition of world cup ,he has more speed and turning than john mensah that u are crying for.fool Mr joe addo if u were to watch french league one match between evien and Monaco and how Jonathan mensah mark out falcao throughout ninety minutes u wouldn't have said such a rubbish against the young energetic defender, can old John mensah mark falcao?
  • fenandohussien says:
    March 04, 2014 05:10 pm
    This man Joe Addo or what ever he likes talking too much Aba