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Joe Addo wants fit-again John Mensah to make Ghana's World Cup squad

Posted On Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Fit-again John Mensah in line for Ghana return

Fit-again John Mensah in line for Ghana return

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana international Joe Addo expects a fit- again John Mensah to be included in the squad for the 2014 World Cup in June.

The towering centre-back has recently signed for Slovakian side Nitra FC in a move to enhance his chances of representing the Africans at the global showpiece.

The 31-year-old is now in the frame to fight for a place in the final squad with huge calls for his recall into the team as his enormous experience will be required in Brazil.

Addo, who has remained an avid admirer of the former Stade Rennes and Sunderland centre-back, expects him to be drafted into the team.

“I don’t see why any coach will overlook a fit John Mensah because we all know his pedigree,” said Addo

“John has always served the nation well and with the experience he’s had at the previous world cup tournaments in Germany and South Africa.

“He is a player whose presence will serve as motivation for the younger ones in the team so therefore if he is fit then I don’t see why he cannot make the team to Brazil”.

Mensah has 79 caps under his belt but has not played for the Black Stars in over two years due to persistent injuries.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. JNR says:

    This is ridiculous,how much is he paying you, Joe Addo???

    You haven’t played any football for two years and couldn’t get a club then when AA said only players with clubs will be considered, you then all of a sudden gets a club? damn…

    Some of these old players really think the Black Stars belongs to them. They never said anything about playing when we were playing the qualifiers but as soon as we qualified, the likes of John Mensah, John Paintsil, Olele etc wants to be part of the world cup squad. It’s come to a point where it’s even embarrassing to read.

    • Ken says:

      Let’s be realistic here. Who is better than and more experienced than John Mensah? John Boye and Akaminko are a rookies at the world cup, Vorsah is not 100% fit. Then its left with ONLY Jonathan with world cup experience. You expect rookies to be our central defenders to face world class strikers?
      That’s a very good advice Kwesi Appiah shouldn’t ignore. This is world cup not AFCON. Cape Verde, Burkina Faso man-handled our weak defense and made mockery of Ghana football.
      Portugal and Germany would slice our defense like a hot sharp knife going through butter. We need experience at the back not an aggressive and reckless inexperience tackling.
      You remember Jonathan’s penalty against US? Sumaila’s penalty against Egypt?
      We need Mensah and Olele to help the young guys.

  2. UnitedstatesofAfrica says:

    Come on oldies give the youngens a run, cause they can physically out run you lol..how on earth is this man gonna be able to keep up with the speed of CR7?if this guy really wants Ghana to have a chance at bringing the cup back home then he will sacrifice his tired legs for the fresh players

    @JNR i totaly agree its getting embarassing reading shit like this

  3. papa says:

    that guuy is 50 year old. please bring in some youngsters

  4. aberico says:

    There is time n season for everything under the sun. He has served the Nation enough and his days has been numbered. He can end his carrier successfully at any club, buf for the National duty, I think he make room for the incoming vibrant and energetic ones. If his predecessors were giving the chance to play in the National team even in their retrogressive age, I don’t think he would have even get a call to the team. So just us others gave the way for him to be call up during his young & energetic days, so must he do so for the incoming ones. By the way he must learn to kick penalty spot kicks. I still remember his childish n sluggish kick during the previous world cup hosted on the African soil. I wish him well in his current club but he should put aside the national duty into an oblivion.

  5. roberto says:

    Why Joe? You want him to be retire by CR7 as Freddy Adu did to u? Hw many games is he going play b4 he injure himself? Plse leave him alone to keep up wth the 2nd devision team to save him from embarrassment.

  6. anokwale says:

    We have to learn that this is a game for the young. Ask Italy of 2010. They kept the veterans and got knockedout at the group stages. A word to the wise is enough.

  7. selfmade says:

    Which youngsters are u talking about? There are no youngsters in the bs and the so called youngsters are even OLDER THAN JOHN MENSAH!!!! John mensah ll go to Brazil whether u like or NOT!!

  8. selfmade says:

    With the exception of Dede and Jordan ayew who have their correct ages, none of the other players have their right ages!! I mean NON and I want someone to COME FORWARD TO CAST THE FIRST STONE!! The so called youngsters are grandfathers and am surprised smart Ghanaians can bought into this nonsenses!! If john mensah is fit, none of our so called youngsters can be compared to him!! Paired vorsah n boys at the back n they leaked goals!! Paired boye n Jonathan mensah and our defence becomes HEART ATTACK for entire game!! Paired boye, vorsah or akaminko with john mensah, they regained their confidence and play with little fear!!! The most difficult part of game of soccer is central defence as a lot of experience is required to excelled and is lil surprise that the best central defenders are the OLD GUYS!!!





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