Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah is of the view that Ghana’s friendly game against Algeria could prove pivotal in their AFCON campaign, though it ended in a loss as it will give them a realistic measurement of their level, adding that it was a good test for the team ahead of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which kicks off tomorrow, January 9.
Ghana’s friendly game against Algeria ended in a humbling 3-0 loss with the Columbus Crew Central Defender scoring an own goal, but he believes there are positives to pick from the game.
“We played against a good side and it was a good test for us. Individually, it was good for me because I didn’t do well so I know where I should do well next time,” Mensah told TV3 from Black Stars camp in Doha.
“The team looks good. Even though we lost the game, it was a good lesson for us. Playing against the defending champions and they will always give you a good test.
“So, we know what to do and, of course, the competition starts for us on the 10th of this month and we’re going to do our best to win the first game.”
This would be Mensah’s seventh consecutive appearance in an AFCON, making him one of the more experienced players in a team dominated by first time participants.
“We have gone to previous tournaments with young, experienced players. We had all the elements and then we couldn’t go as far as the final,” Mensah said.
“It is always this way. Whenever we are going for a tournament, there’s always someone going for the first, second, or even fourth time, but when the tournament starts, you see how things go.”
He added, “Regardless of people’s opinions, we just have to go there and perform well.”