John Mensah to be first player to open Ghana 2010 World Cup camp

Published on: 21 May 2010

Ghana defender John Mensah will be the first player to arrive in the Black Stars pre-World Cup camp as he will land in Paris on Sunday morning.

The England-based tough central defender has recovered from his back problems after staying behind in Sunderland to continue with treatment.

He ducked his scheduled holidays in Ghana after the Premier league season ended two weeks ago and Sunderland allowed doctors to take care of him ahead of the next month’s World Cup in South.

Keen on making a huge impression Mensah has stepped up his training ahead of the team’s arrival.

The Black Stars delegation are expected to leave Accra by Saturday night for their camping base in France but before they arrive later in morning, Mensah would have arrived as he is due there early in the morning.

“This is a very important tournament for my country and I need to be in the best shape before I arrive in camp,” Mensah told Ghanasoccernet.com.

“I have undergone sufficient treatment and I am now ready to hit the ground running with my Black Stars colleagues.

“We are all giving the tournament the seriousness it deserves that’s why I decided not to go to Ghana.

“Happily I have been able to bring my entire family and my pastor here so they can also come here and see where I live.

“Now is the World Cup time and we are charged and ready to go.”

Mensah's towering presence and impenetrable defending have led to the Ghana center back being nicknamed "Rock of Gibraltar."

Although there would seem to be little in common between the British-ruled territory on the Spanish coast and the west African country, it is a label that has stuck on the 27-year-old since he made his international debut in 2002.

Despite the image of a sturdy defensive bastion, Mensah has battled with a brittle back over the last two seasons and found his playing time limited by a list of different muscle injuries that stem from the problem.

He has postponed surgery on the back problem causing the hamstring injuries until after the World Cup to get a permanent solution.

Even with this back problem, he has been very impressive for Sunderland who want to sign him permanently from Lyon.

Comments

  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    woow that is a great news and a fantastic boost to ur team but one may ask for how long?mensah is a great player without doubt but i think our medical team should check the issue very well cuz we cant be taking injured players to tournaments anymore thats kinda risky. but if john is realy fit without any problems,then its a great news we all have to welcome.
  • access
    says: 9 years ago
    GREAT TO SEE YOU COME BACK FROM INJURIES.BIG BOOST FOR GHANA.THE ROCK IS BACK
  • CROZZY
    says: 9 years ago
    That's good news,we need him very fit,Vorsah and Mensah at the back will provide a formidable defense,but on the lighter side,John Mensah 27 years paaaa hmmmm,i rest my case.
  • Kenneth County
    says: 9 years ago
    Hi Keith, Hi Access, this is good news indeed. The Rock is Back. May God continue to help him; give him strength and protect him from injuries. However it looks like his friend, Essien will only be able to join them team later. According to reports, he is to stay at Cobham to continue his recuperation until the end of the month.
  • mr.braa
    says: 9 years ago
    THANK GOD FOR THE GOOD NEWS.I HOPE GHANA MAKES A MASSIVE IMPACT IN THE WORLD CUP
  • Strong defence
    says: 9 years ago
    John Mensah, Forsah, Phensil and Incoom will be very good and strong defensive for Ghana.
  • Fu-Chu
    says: 9 years ago
    I love John Mensah. And Mensah and Vorsah in the back, nobody can get close to the goalie. Those two are fantastic, and like Crozzy said, his age is not 27. But I will leave that one alone because I like the guy.
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    GOOD NEWS FOR MENSAH AND GHANA....HOPE ESSIEN GETS WELL TO JOIN THEM SOON ...GOD BLESS gHANA
  • JAH PROPHET
    says: 9 years ago
    I DON'T THINK JOHN MENSAH SHOULD RISK HIS CAREER FOR SA2010. ONE TOUNAMENT IS NOT WORTH HIS ENTIRE CAREER. I LOVE HIS DEDICATION BUT GHANA NEEDS JOHN THE NEXT 4 YRS. MY PERSONAL ADVICE TO JOHN MENSAH IS FORGET ABOUT SA2010 AND ALLOW YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME FOR TREATMENT. I LOVE YOUR 100% FITNESS MORE THAN INCLUSION IN THE TEAM. PEOPLE ARE CRYING FOR BLACK STARS BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU ? IF SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, GHANA WILL LOOSE YOU FOREVER. LOOSING YOU NOW IS OUR INVESTMENT FOR THE NEXT 4 YRS. GHANA NEEDS YOU FOR THE FUTURE SO STOP SA2010 AND CONCENTRATE ON THE PROPOSED SURGERY. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND GHANA.
  • RICH
    says: 9 years ago
    I hope the medical team design special program for him, like Steve Bruce have been doing for him in Sunderland. I against the view that we shouldn't send him to SA. If Jonh manage to play the first two matches, we will win very easy. We can then drop him from the third match and let Lee Addy or Jonathan Mensah replace him so that he can be fit for the 1/16
  • bawah
    says: 9 years ago
    THE MOUNTAIN IS BACK TO ROCK THE BACK!
  • zimbo
    says: 9 years ago
    John Mensah pairing with Vorsah will be unbreakable defence
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    This is indeed a good news,but the question is can he play all the three matches in a row for full 90 mins?Hmmmmm we are yet to see..
  • Rattus
    says: 9 years ago
    That's great, I like his sense of professionalism. I want to see him help us in the opening matches with his strength and defensive ability. Then the younger boys can take over in 2nd round. www.omanbaforum.com
  • Ghost of Sparta
    says: 9 years ago
    Breaking news. Andre dede Ayew is going to launch his own sport website soon. Looks like this one but i think they used the same CMS which was used to create this site to do it. Anyway, the site is www.afrikansoccer.com Greetings, Al
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    BREAKING NEWS : Former Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has officially completed his free-transfer move to Arsenal and has signed a long-term contract. Max
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    THAT IS WHAT LEADEASHIP IS ALL ABOUT.YOUR QUALITY AND LEADEASHIP IS A BOOST FOR GHANA.
  • dean
    says: 9 years ago
    PR Story for John Mensah. Please someone tell Milo to drop him!!!
  • rass
    says: 9 years ago
    I STILL DOUBT OF MENSAH FITNESS
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    THE ROCK. HIS LEADEASHIP AND QUALIITIES IS MUST FOR GHANA IN THIS JOURNEY.EXPERIENCE,YOUNG AND QUALITIES IS MUST WIN FOR GHANA IN THIS WORLD CUP .IMPROVE IT.IMPROVEMENT IS WELCOME OR HATE OR LOVE IT. GOOD ATICLE FOR CIVIL DEBATE WIT EXPOSE TO GHANA WEAKEST LINKS.PEOPLE AIM HIGH AND AND DONT CRUCIFY THIS WRITER.
  • bismark sefa
    says: 9 years ago
    Thank God Mensah is Back....Lee Addy can help Him and also Vorsah can be Part of them and Everything will be Okay....I Hope ESSIEN is Going to be Part of Them ..Thank God