Jonathan on Bordeaux, Ghana & Waris
In his latest column with Africa Football Shop, Ligue 1 Columnist and Ghana international Jonathan Mensah talks Bordeaux, Ghana and Majeed Waris.
It was good to be back with the team for our trip to Bordeaux on Saturday. I wasn’t too disappointed not to play but rather relieved to be in contention after suspension.
Watching the game from the bench always gives you another perspective as a player. You tend to analyse the game more and at half-time you get the chance to relay information which may help your team-mates.
Training the whole week and knowing you will be involved in a competitive fixture at the weekend is what players crave. The away journeys, packing your bag, stay at hotel, morning walk with the team and pre-match snacks are just a little insight into life as an elite player.
I thought we played really well against Bordeaux even before they took the lead. Our equaliser through Kevin Berigaud was deserved as we were never out of the game. I think a draw or even all three points would have been a fairer reflection of the game.
I’m not sure how many leads we have let-slip in the last 15 minutes of games this season, but we really need to concentrate for the full 90 minutes. This will eventually make the difference in keeping us in Ligue 1, where this club belongs.
We have to move on from the result and look ahead to another big game against Nantes. At this stage of the season, the biggest games for us are against the teams around us in the table.
We are still in 17th place so we just need to carry on working hard to claim as many points as we can in the upcoming games till the end of the season.
On a positive note, I’m happy to back in the Ghana squad for the friendly with Montenegro next month. It will be good to see my national team-mates again after missing the last international fixture through injury.
Majeed Waris keeps banging in the goals which means he gets another mention in my blog this week. He has been phenomenal and really showcasing his undoubted talent. I watched Rennes last night and was pleased to see John Boye back in action. This will serve as good news for Ghana, as Andre Ayew has also made full return for Marseille.