Ex Ghana FA boss Ben Koufie has dismissed rumours John Mensah is set to make a Black Stars return while further hinting Richard Kingson is on his way back for the crucial World Cup playoff against Egypt.
The two experienced players have been very prominent in the news following a visit by Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah to Cyprus to monitor Kingson’s form.
Some Ghanaians have expressed desire to see the return of the experienced duo in helping to address recent defensive concerns of the Black Stars.
Many Ghanaians were unimpressed with the performance of Ghana’s back four in the last match against Zambia and the goalkeeping of Fatawu Dauda.
These calls to have John Mensah and Richard Kingson in particular back in the team were given credence by a recent interview of Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who endorsed the return of a fit and in-form Richard Kingson.
Nyantakyi’s predecessor has now deepened this apparent endorsement for Kingson while pouring cold water on the prospect of John Mensah’s return.
“Where is John Mensah, which team does he play for?” Ben Koufie who doubles as the chairman of the Ghana FA’s technical committee quizzed Metro FM’s Kwadwo Kwao Thompson in an interview.
“Since when did you hear he was playing regularly for a team?
“People are just speculating that a half fit John Mensah is better than a fully fit player.
“This is what people are thinking but no coach thinks that way.
“It is the teachings Akwasi Appiah has had as a coach that will inform his selection.
“Who is casting doubt John Mensah has been one of the best players we have had in the Black Stars but why he is not part of the team now?
“He is not fit now and that is why he is out. If he is fit and doing well for his club as coach Akwasi Appiah says of Richard Kingson, he will return.”
Koufie’s comments further gives credence to rumours of a Richard Kingson return to the Black Stars after an over two year absence.
It however refuted suggestions John Mensah will also be making a return for the first leg clash of the crucial World Cup playoffs against Egypt on October 15.