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Exclusive: “I can play well in any field position I find myself” - Annan Mensah Boasts of Football Skills

Posted : 27 February 2024

Annan Mensah, born on July 6, 1996, is a 27-year-old Ghanaian footballer making waves as a defensive midfielder for Alashkert Yerevan FC in the Armenian First Tier league. With a height of 1.73 meters, Mensah has proven himself to be a stalwart defender and an asset to his team. 

Mensah's journey in Armenian football began when he joined FC Urartu in the 2022/2023 season. His impressive performances led to a move to Alashkert FC, where he has been a key player since July 1, 2022. His current contract with Alashkert Yerevan FC is set to expire on June 30, 2024, showcasing the club's confidence in his abilities. 

Primarily known for his role as a defensive midfielder, Mensah's defensive prowess is complemented by his versatility, as he can also play as a centre-back and right-back. Standing out for his physical presence and tactical acumen, Mensah has become a reliable figure in the heart of Alashkert Yerevan FC's defense. 

In the 2023/2024 season, Mensah has made 17 appearances for Alashkert Yerevan FC, contributing significantly to the team's performance. While he may not have found the back of the net, his defensive skills and disciplined play have earned him four yellow cards. As a consistent starter, Mensah played 41% of the starting eleven minutes, showcasing his importance to the team. 

Mensah's journey in Armenian football includes stints with FC Urartu, Lori Vanadzor, and Gandzasar before landing at Alashkert Yerevan FC. Notably, he joined Alashkert FC on a free transfer in the 2022/2023 season. His current contract with the club is set to expire on June 30, 2024, with an option for a contract extension until the end of the season. 

In an exclusive interview with Africa Sport Network (ASN), Mensah highlighted his experiences so far in the Armenian league.  

“I’ve been here for about five years, and the experience has been great. I have been able to surpass the few challenges I have had. When I came to Alashkert, the initial coach was so good to me, but when the next coach came in, it seemed as though he was not interested in giving me games to play. It has been challenging. But generally, I love it here, at least for now,” Mensah said. 

Speaking about his relationship with Julien C. Briquez, his agent, Mensah said that they met during a tournament in Accra, Ghana.  

“After the tournament, he called me, saying that he was impressed by my playing style. He then arranged to take me to Spain to sign a contract. But at that time, I had some visa issues, so I could not go then.” 

Regarding his goals and aspirations at Alashkert, Annan Mensah said: 

“Right now, in the league table, we are in fifth position. So, my desire is to help the club achieve big things and become better for myself as well.” 

Mensah also spoke about his affiliation with some European clubs that are looking to sign him, noting that his agent has been in contact with them, so that they can negotiate a good deal.  

“When we went to play in the Europa League, these clubs, S. C. Braga and one other, took interest in me and contacted me. I asked them to contact Julien, who is in the best position to give us a good deal. I also asked them to wait for my contract with Alashkert to end in June before I move.” 

Speaking about his playing skills and assets, Mensah believes strongly in himself and what he brings to the table. 

“I consider myself very focused. I am a very good dribbler. I can confidently say that I am good with the ball. I tackle well too. I can play well in any field position I find myself. In the game, I make sure I do my best to help my club win. I also motivate my teammates whenever we play.” 

When asked how he balances his football career with his personal life, Mensah said that family is a priority for him, and he makes sure to make time for them. 

“I’m the one taking care of my family, so I am always available to respond to their needs whenever they need me. Family is a priority for me. I do my best on the field, and I do my best at home.” 

Sharing the lessons he had learnt as a footballer so far, Mensah also advised aspiring footballers to keep working hard on their game and not give up on their dreams. 

“I train hard and motivate myself always. I don’t believe in giving up. If football is something you love and want to make your profession, then work hard on your game and never give up on your dreams.” 

Annan Mensah's story in Armenian football is one of growth, adaptability, and consistent performance. As a defensive force for Alashkert Yerevan FC, he continues to prove his worth on the pitch. With a promising career ahead, Mensah's journey is one to watch for football enthusiasts, especially those who appreciate the art of solid defending. 


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