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Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah wants lingering Black Stars issues resolved before 2015 AFCON qualifiers begin

Published on: 06 August 2014
Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah

Defender Jonathan Mensah wants all issues regarding the reported uncertain future of coach Kwesi Appiah sorted out in time before the 2015 African Cup qualifiers begin next month.

The Black Stars will be playing two games in a space of four days in their bid to book their place for next year’s finals in Morocco.

Ghana is billed to host Uganda on September 6 before traveling to face neighbouring Togo four days later.

The Black Stars camp has however been rocked with several issues since their disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup.

The Ghana FA are in the process of fashioning out some reforms within the management of the team while the state have set up a three-member commission of inquiry to look into the various factors that led to the abortive campaign in Brazil.

Issues have also been raised about the future of coach Kwesi Appiah despite signing a two-year extension to his contract – a decision taken by the Ghana FA’s Emergency Committee which is yet to receive ratification from the Executive Committee.

Reports rife in Ghana even suggests Appiah will be stepping down as head coach of the Black Stars once the Ghana FA carries out its reported intention to appoint an expatriate technical director.

Defender Jonathan Mensah however wants all these lingering issues resolved to give the team the peace and space to prepare adequately for the crucial assignments ahead.

“We should just sort things out because we always think we’ve got time and then we realise here we are,” he told BBC’s Sports Today.

“We have to play qualifiers so we have to sort out everything that will be an inconvenience for the coming qualifier.

“This is something the federation needs to settle. I saw one article about a technical director being appointed and the coach doesn’t like the idea or something like that.”

Ghana have made at least the semi finals of the AFCON since 2010 but are yet to meet the huge expectations of their ever demanding fans of winning the title.


  • selfmade says:
    August 07, 2014 01:30 am
    Stop using my damn I.d., aboa like that!
  • maubs says:
    August 07, 2014 03:01 am
    well said mr jonathan we always say we have time untill finally we realise we dont really have any more time left. People talk up this person and that person's capability to be next captain etc but i believe if you can train harder, star for your team regularly at club level you could yet be the captain sometime. i admire the soundings that i hear from you every now and then.i believe who is the number one keeper should have been settled before the world cup;criteria for getting into the team should have been made transparently so all players knew where they stood the regular left and right backs should have been settled upon; issues to do with money and welfare should have all been sorted out and any hitch or otherwise communicated right away to the players. We couldnt do all these things yet expected to do well. It is apparent that AA is not up to the task, he lost the dressing room so what do we do about that? and players are in the dark about what is going on please some one at the FA must begin communicating properly and reassure them to heed or disregard the rumours. Do we have a players welfare or union boss? Perhaps it is time to have one now like they do in England.
  • Collins Cudjoe says:
    August 07, 2014 03:09 am
    Shut up and focus and the hurdles ahead. You can have all that you want. AA or no AA life goes on. You have not leave up to expectation after the injuries of experience defenders.
  • bostonman redsox says:
    August 07, 2014 12:37 am
    How about u stop making mistakes, kissing ur money, n work to perfect ur craft.
  • Rasheed says:
    August 07, 2014 01:08 am
    The worst mistake we can make is to maintain wimpy and clueless Appiah.This will result in another shambolic performance.I doubt if we will even qualify.
  • Selfmade says:
    August 06, 2014 11:57 pm
    The worst mistake we can make is to fire AA with the AFCON qualifiers around the corner. This will result in another shambolic performance and we || lucky to make the last 16.