Former PSL star Jonathan Mensah has reacted to the criticism of the Black Stars’ poor displays at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana are under pressure ahead of their final Group C match against Comoros on Tuesday at the tournament after only collecting 1 point from their first two matches.
However, former Freee State Stars defender Jonathan Mensah who is now on the books of Major League Soccer site Columbus Crew has insisted it’s not the first time the Black Stars find themselves with their backs against the wall.
“The mood is camp is very good even though we know it’s a very crucial game for us. All we need to do is go out there, play hard and win for the nation,” he said during the pre-match press conference, as per Goal.
“It has been like this for us. The first time he [Rajevac] was in charge of the team, I remember we lost 3-1 to Cote d’Ivoire in one of our group matches but we got to the final.
“All we just need to do is win this last game and progress to the next stage.”
Ghana need a win in their last group stage match against Comoros in order to have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16 after losing 1-0 to Morocco and drawing 1-1 with Gabon.
Former Black Stars player Anthony Baffoe had suggested the current Black Stars generation plays without passion and Mensah wants his team to respond on the pitch rather than enter a war of words.
“The opinion coming from Baffoe is welcome – coming from someone from that has played at the highest level and worn the national team shirt,” he added.
“He also played with passion, so if he is voicing out his opinion to us, we will take it on a positive note and replicate that on the field.”
All winners and runners-up from each of the six AFCON groups will qualify for the last 16, plus the four best third-placed teams. If Ghana beat Comoros tonight, they have a good chance to be one of the third-placed teams.