The heir apparent!
Not to be confused with his namesake John Mensah, Jonathan Mensah is seemingly the heir apparent to the former. Going by the name Jonathan on his jersey in 201o to avoid confusion with the then Captain John Mensah , he will have no such worries this year as the former captain was not included in the squad this time round. The more than capable defender will relishing his second world cup this time as certain starter as opposed to cover for the defensive partner ship of John Mensah/Isaac Vorsah four years ago.
Jonathan joined Free State Stars in the 2008 off-season and was signed from Ghanaian side Ashanti Gold.In January 2010, after joining Udinese, Jonathan moved to Spanish club Granada on loan. In July 2011, Jonathan moved to newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Evian for an undisclosed fee.
During the 2012-13 season, Jonathan struggled with fitness and form. He played six games with the reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur level 2. Jonathan returned to the first team in 2013, and featured in the club’s opening game of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 campaign, playingthe full ninety minutes in the club’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux in August 2013.
Jonathan’s International career started in 2009, he was in the Ghana team for the under 20 youth championshipin Kigali and helped Ghana win the tournament Jonathan’s performances during this competition earned him a call-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where he was given the number 8 shirt usually worn by Michael Essien.Jonathan established himself as a central defensive partner for John Mensah in the absence, through injury, of first-choice centre back Isaac Vorsah. Jonathan played in two out of the three group stage games for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also in the round of 16 win against United States.
After an impressive World Cup in 201o, Jonathan will be hoping for a even better one this year.
Jonathan Mensah, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)