Jonathan Mensah grateful for Black Stars return after two years

US-based defender Jonathan Mensah is grateful after becoming first choice again for Ghana following a two-year spell away from the side.

The Columbus Crew captain was called up for the first time since 2019 in September when the Black Stars commenced their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

He played in the 1-0 defeat against South Africa in Johannesburg, and was named in starting line-up during the 3-1 win over Zimbabwe in Cape Coast on Saturday.

Despite arriving late in camp, Mensah was trusted by head coach Milovan Rajevac and the defender was impressive.

Mensah is expected to start again on Tuesday when Ghana square off again with Zimbabwe, this time in Harare.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, Mensah said, “I am just grateful for the opportunity again to be back with the team and it means a lot to me. I am always here to do my best for the team so whenever I am called upon to start the game; I am always going to do my best to help the team win. We have another game tomorrow and I just need to go out there and if I am playing, I will do my best for the team.”

Black Stars need to complete a double over Zimbabwe to remain in contention to finish ahead of South Africa in group G and qualify for the final qualifying round in the qualifiers.

“We are matured enough to know what it means to pick the three points here. The Warriors have many good players in their set up, they played well in Cape Coast and caused a few problems but we also have the quality to shock them here in Harare. The game will be tough but winnable,” Mensah added.

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Mensah made his Black Stars debut in 2009 during Milovan Rajevac’s first stint as Ghana coach. He has 66 appearances under his belt and scored one goal.

By Enoch Fiifi Forson||Ghana