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Ghana's powerful defender John Mensah delighted with Nitra FC debut

Published on: 13 March 2014
John Mensah

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana defender John Mensah was thrilled with his debut for Nitra FC in their 2-1 defeat at home to Slovan Bratislava.

Mensah, 31, joined the Slovakian outfit last month after recovering from persistent injuries.

The ex-Stade Rennes strong centre-back played in his first competitive match for Nitra in ten months as they suffered the defeat at home.

The Ghanaian international has expressed his delight of returning to the pitch and looking ahead to improve his stock.

“I am very happy to have made my comeback playing at the highest stage again. It has been a while but I am happy with my performance, he told 90 Minutes newspaper

“I want to thank those who have been supporting me and thank God for bringing me this far.

“I am here to help the team do its best in the league. There are a couple of games to go and hopefully, things will turn out good [for me] for both club and country.

“ I just want to keep on doing my best and with God’s guidance, I shall have the best outcome. I know you've heard it a thousand times before.

“But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. Football is like life - it requires perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

Mensah’s fine career has been blighted with recurrent injuries with suggestions he remains the country’s best centre-back if he is fully fit.

The ex-Sunderland man is hoping to gatecrash Kwesi Appiah’s squad for this year’s FIFA World Cup in June.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    March 14, 2014 03:01 am
    I have never seen a fit John Mensah get a bad day. Please work hard on your match fitness and help your country. And Selfmade, you forgot to mention when Boye fouled Pitroipa in the penalty box but for some strange reason, the referee did not give the penalty but instead showed Pitriopa a card. We need someone who can command the back and knows how to use his head to do it.
  • Nana(RSA) says:
    March 14, 2014 04:05 am
    @ Selfmade, I agree with you perfectly with everything you said. Your knowledge of Ghana football is very impressive, keep it up. If John Mensah is match fit, why not? We'll surely need him for Brazil. In fact our defense is not cast for tournament like the World Cup and I agree with you on John Boye and Vorsah. Give him to a player like Ronaldo and he will think about retiring at the end of the World cup. If Mr James Akwasi Appiah can't solve our defensive problems, he should leave that Job for Mr Konadu. He used to be a striker in his hay days, even though I wasn't impressed much watching him play as a striker, as a Coach he's proved to me that he can be trusted. His defense has always been his strength as a Coach. What is the issue with NANA AKWASI ASARE? This guy must be assessed, he is too good to be ignored. Currently, I do not know who to trust in our defense, I used to trust Akaminko, but after our match against Montenegro, I've changed my viewpoint about him. Take him to the world Cup and we will play 10 against 11. We have to think carefully about our defense.
  • selfmade says:
    March 14, 2014 12:41 pm
    @ nana, onyx and papa Nkrumah... U fellas are very objective people and Ghana needs such knowledge people to progress!! Straight to the point without any emotions! Real men!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 14, 2014 12:44 pm
    @ Nana... ' our defence is not cast for a tournament like the world cup' - This is the best statement for the day! In fact if we don't take care and take this weak defence to the WC, we ll be disgrace and humiliated BIG TIME!!
  • Onyx says:
    March 13, 2014 02:02 pm
    @selfmade, a fit john mensah will stabilize the defense, ghanaians talk too much, you said it all selfmade.
  • selfmade says:
    March 13, 2014 01:41 pm
    Put yourself in shape for the WC because we really need u at the WC!! Your quality cannot be underestimated but I guessed u are a bit match rusty, so just put yourself in shape and I know u ll take the WC by storm!! A fit again john mensah is the only solution to our problematic and leaked back line! Most of his mates from the under 20 squad who featured in Argentina such as essien, derrick boateng,paintsil are still playing actively so age is non starter here!! We need him at the WC and I know that all the critics ll agreed with me that a fit again john mensah ll bring a lot of stability to our backline! In the past two afcons, the only department of the game that has caused us the trophy is the defence line of boye and vorsah! Against zambia in afcon 2012, boye gave a very soft goal to mayuka! In the recent afcon in south Africa, akaminko gave away two easy goals to Dr Congo! Against burkina faso in the semi finals, our defensive line were in tatters allowing a very average player like bancy to blow us apart! There has been numerous, uncountable instances where our back line has failed woeful in clearing their lines and a very typical recent example is the friendly match against Montenegro where one of our defenders gave an unnecessary penalty to the opposition! Against turkey, our defence were in fives and sixs in the first half and only improved in the second half... Against zambia in kumasi, our defence were simply a joke and against egypt in kumasi, salah was walking thru our defence like a cheesecake! We need stability at the back and the only person who can do it for us is john mensah!! He is a veteran of two wcs!
  • nana boahen, Hamburg says:
    March 13, 2014 01:00 pm
    Thank God rock is finally back on the field, i will be happy to see him in our defence at the world cup.
  • nana boahen, Hamburg says:
    March 13, 2014 12:56 pm
    Thank God the rock is finally back on the field, i will be happy to see him in our defence to control for us.