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Jonathan on Bastia, Survival & Jordan Ayew

Published On 17/04/2014 | By Jonathan Mensah | Africa, Columnists, Europe, Exclusives, Features, Ligue 1, Top Stories, World Cup 2014

I recently took a little time out from writing. I hope you guys missed Mensah Blog at Africa Football Shop!

In this post, I talk through our important victory over Bastia, our fight for Ligue 1 survival and the recent form of my countryman Jordan Ayew.


It was an important victory over Bastia on the weekend to claim all three points, which we needed.

The win proved to be vital as some of the clubs around us failed to pick up maximum points. The victory saw us go eights points clear of the relegation zone, into 16th position.

It is good that we are clear of the relegation zone but the job isn’t done yet as we still have five games to play in Ligue 1.

The first of those five games takes us to Paris against the champions PSG next Wednesday. The reverse fixture at home earlier in the season brings back good memories as we ended the Parisians unbeaten run.

They have lost two in a row recently but a team with that much quality will always bounce back. We have to be at 110% if we’re to get anything from the game. I believe the boys will be up for it with the extra motivation of trying to keep Evian TG in Ligue 1.


I was happy to get on the field against Bastia as it has been tough to break into the side since returning from suspension. To be fair to the boys, they have been playing very well and picking up needed results.

Its very much a team effort from now till the end of the season and we need the whole group to stick together, from playing staff to the kit man. We’re in it together and we’re confident we can stay up.


Away from myself and Evian, I have to mention my countryman Jordan Ayew’s recent goalscoring form. He’s demonstrating the talent we all know he has at Sochaux.

His performances had been good prior to the goals but as with all strikers they live and breathe goals. I am sure that the goals has given him the confidence which will carry him through till the end of the season…a plus for Ghana with the World Cup looming.

Another African who has caught my eye recently is Lorient’s No. 9 Vincent Aboubakar.

I love a bit of stats and Aboubakar’s numbers read well with 14 goals and six assists to his name in 32 games this season. He brings other players into the game so well and technically, is very good for a big man. His all-round game is great and, at just 22 years of age, he is definitely one to watch.

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