Jonathan praises new faces ahead of semi-final
In an interview with Africa Football Shop, Ghana centre-back Jonathan Mensah has praised some of the new additions to Avram Grant’s side.
The Black Stars confirmed their place in the final four at the Africa Cup of Nations with a convincing 3-0 victory over Guinea in the third quarter-final, in Malabo on Sunday.
After a sluggish start to the competition, the West African giants have begun to flourish and demonstrate to the watching world just what they are capable of.
Speaking exclusively to AFS from his team’s hotel in Malabo, Jomens has stated how impressed he is with some of the players beginning to make their mark with the national side.
“So far they’ve been good, very, very good,” the Evian stopper began, “take Frank Acheampong, he’s come in and it looks like he’s been with the team for years.
“It’s great to have boys who are blending into the team very fast.”
Mensah also singled out Kwesi Appiah, of Crystal Palace, whose inclusion raised a few eyebrows among Ghana fans, but who has demonstrated his class in a handful of appearances so far.
“Kwesi Appiah has connected so fast. He scored his first goal in a friendly game we played and he made his first competitive start [against Guinea] and scored again. I’m so happy for him and for the team.”
Finally, Mensah had a special word of praise for young Copenhagen man Daniel Amartey who, like Appiah, only made his Black Stars debut in a pre-tournament friendly.
“The coach saw Amartey play with his club and liked what he saw.
“His joining us is a bonus for the team, a positive thing for us. When you look at Amartey, He’s young, energetic, he’s got everything, he won two Fair Play awards in the previous two games and he’s good for the team.”
Indeed, with the likes of Acheampong, Appiah and Amartey in the set-up, the Black Stars are set for a bright future. Can the new faces cement the beginning of a fresh era for the national side with an African title this week?
Ghana’s quest recommences on Thursday evening against hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.