Jonathan on Ligue 1 Survival & Ghana Mood
In his latest column with Africa Football Shop, Ligue 1 Columnist and Ghana international Jonathan Mensah remembers his side Evian’s recent victories over Nantes and Guingamp, their ongoing battle for survival in the French top flight, and reflects on the mood in the Black Stars camp following the Montenegro friendly.
I have mentioned in previous posts how important it was to pick up points at this stage of the season to give ourselves every chance of survival in Ligue 1.
We have done exactly that in our last two games by picking up maximum points in the league. I am not surprised as I know what the boys are can do when we perform to the levels we’re capable of.
The games against Nantes started off a series of real ‘six-pointer’ games which we couldn’t afford to lose. This is because the more points we pick up from teams around us in the league the better. We pulled off a 2-0 win at home with goals from Cedric Barbosa and Daniel Wass.
We were away to Guingamp in the league last week in another crucial fixture. I must say I enjoyed the beautiful views from my hotel room and had to share it with you. It’s always a nice place to visit.
We took the lead after the break and held on to take all three points and a clean sheet against a side who sit just two points above us currently. It was a relief as we have now pulled five points clear of Valenciennes, who we’re up against this weekend.
In between the league games I spent a few days with the Ghana national team as we played a friendly match with Montenegro. It’s always great to be in this group as there are so many talented individuals.
Everyone in the camp is excited about the upcoming World Cup and the friendly was an opportunity to prepare towards this. I didn’t play a part as the head coach had already communicated to me that he wanted to have a closer look at some of the other boys and that he was fully aware of my qualities.
Though we didn’t win the game, I was really happy with the output of the boys. We controlled possession after conceding an early penalty and I think overall there were a lot of positives to take from the game.
I have been impressed with Serge Aurier at Toulouse and it seems the guys at Africa Football Shop have as well as he has been included in the AFS Team of the Week in the last couple of weeks. He is on fire in Ligue 1 at the moment and I believe he will be an asset for Ivory Coast in Brazil this summer.