Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah confident Black Stars will defeat Uganda to win over disgruntled fans
Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah says the Black Stars will beat Uganda on Saturday in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to help them win over the fans after the 2014 World Cup disappointment.
The Black Stars bombed out of the World Cup in Brazil in June with events in the team during the tournament bringing some embarrassment to the country.
Two players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were kicked out of the camp for indiscipline while problems of money did not paint the players in bright colours during the World Cup.
With the fans unhappy over the performance of the Black Stars at the World Cup and some even threatening to boycott the national team, Mensah says they can convince the fans to support the team again with a wonderful performance against the Ugandans.
“We have to know how to manage the pressure. We mustn’t let it (pressure) choke us or get to us. Every team is beatable which means we can beat Uganda on Saturday to start of smoothly.” Mensah said.
“I believe that the team has enough experience and knows how to play in these kinds of qualifiers.
“Being Uganda with young players who are eager to perform, but I think we also have a young team with more experience to beat any side on any day.
“We know that if we don’t win we will be in a very uncomfortable position but I think we will be well prepared to get on to a perfect start with a good win over Uganda.”
The Black Stars will travel to Togo to play their second Group G matches in the qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco early next year.