Watch Live Matches

John Mensah should quit football and become a businessman - ex Hearts chief Harry Zakkour

Published on: 02 March 2014
Ghana defender John Mensah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Former Chief Executive Officer of Hearts of Oak Harry Zakkour is urging Ghana defender John Mensah to quit playing football in order to become a ‘businessman’.

The 31-year-old has joined Slovakian club FC Nitra for the remainder of the season in his bid to get back into the Black Stars squad for the World Cup.

Mensah has not played competitive football since leaving French club Stade Rennes at the end of the last European season.

Mensah’s fine professional career had taken a dive due to persistent injuries.

But the former Sunderland loanee has fully recovered after an extensive break away from football in his native Ghana and now could be back enjoying top flight football with his move to Nitra.

Mensah is however being told by Harry Zakkour to quit football and come and settle down in Ghana as a businessman.

“John Mensah? He should become a businessman,” Zakkour said on GTV’s Sunday Night Live show.

“He is growing and must stop where he is and come and join us the businessmen.”

Mensah however remain one of the most popular players and could gatecrash the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup once he proved his form and fitness.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • asengal says:
    March 02, 2014 10:07 pm
    Regardless how much i respect Zakkour, i strongly believe his comments about Mensah is nonsense n he should have reason b4 making such a comment. A healthy Mensah is still the best defender in the country
  • kk says:
    March 02, 2014 10:35 pm
    I agree he should quit but he could become a coach instead. If you are 50 and you say you are 28, your legs will expose you
  • lion-fire says:
    March 03, 2014 01:01 am
    Same people cry for John Mensah to come back, now he is back, they don't want him. Thank a god these players are not undecided like the average Ghanaian. They would not know whether to shoot or pass
  • samva says:
    March 03, 2014 01:04 am
    gatecrash my ass.i do not see how he can make it to brazil.He was a great player but we dont need him now.
    March 03, 2014 02:36 am
    What a stupid and self-serving comment from this Zakkour guy or whoever he is!
  • sticky straw says:
    March 03, 2014 07:09 pm
    I said it john mensah is too old to chase christiano ronaldo , I respect him soo much and as such I wouldn't want to see him embarras by c-ronaldo by crawling on the field like what Nigerian player called uche did to him in accra sports stadium during afcon 2008 hosted in ghana . Secondly his legs are weak in such that he cannot even takes a penalt kick we all saw last Horrible and feable penalty kick he took during 2010 world cup . Pls john don't embarrass your pls leave the defends for the young energetic guys