Jonathan on suspension, frustration and comeback
Welcome to my column on Africa Football Shop, this brilliant platform for coverage of African football. I hope you enjoy my contribution here over the coming months.
In my column, I hope to bring you closer to life in France and at Evian, provide coverage from Ligue 1 and also share my experiences as a professional footballer.
It has been frustrating watching from the sidelines the last three games as I serve a suspension from a dismissal that I still don’t believe was fair. However, I have accepted the punishment, as these things are part of the game.
Not being available for first team action didn’t mean work on the training pitch slowed down. It has been quite the opposite actually as I have been putting in extra work to make sure I stay in good condition. The physical trainer at Evian has been brilliant putting on extra circuits for me.
To fully prepare for a comeback to first team action next week, I played 45 minutes in a specially-arranged friendly game on Wednesday. Nothing compares to the adrenaline one gets playing competitive football. My followers on Instagram would have seen my video playing football in my living room. It was that bad!
On the field, the boys have been fighting and secured much-needed points in our battle at the wrong end of the table. It’s tight down there, so we really need to put a run together to ensure we maintain our status in this fantastic championship.
Despite all this, the spirit in the camp is always good and I think this is what will help us put a string of good results together. Conceding a late goal again tonight was a blow and it’s something I am sure we will be working on to put right against Bordeaux.
Lastly, I want to offer a special mention to my national team mate Abdul Majeed Waris who has been amongst the goals lately. It’s great to see him adapt to the Ligue 1 so quickly at Valenciennes and I am sure this will benefit Ghana when he is called upon.
He just needs to leave his shooting boots at home when they visit Parc des Sports next month!