18- year-old budding Ghanaian talent joined Wamanfo Mighty Royals, a division one side at beginning of the season and is already a cult hero. He had previously had playing stints with Unistar Academy and Charity Stars.
Wamanfo Mighty Royals are leading the Zone 1 of the National Division League with 33 points, five points clear of second and third placed teams Berekum Arsenals and Tanga FC. Mensah’s contribution to the team’s upsurge has been remarkable.
Mensah used to play as a central midfielder for his former clubs, but Mighty Royals mostly use him on the left and right wings of attacks. He became one of the most important projects of coach Stephen Gurah, who took the youngster under his wing and taught him to put pressure on the opposition without the ball and play smarter tactical football. Mensah has always been very disciplined and dedicated, and his willingness to learn helped his progress immensely.”I am eternally grateful to Stephen,” said the teenager. “He has made me a better footballer than before. Now, I am easily able to do things that looked difficult before.”
The 18-year -old possesses a fine first touch and terrific footwork, while his composure in front of goal has come on leaps and bounds since joining the Brong Ahafo based club. With the second round of the division one league about resuming, Mensah believes they will maintain their position on the summit of the league and make their premiership dream a reality. “We are ready to keep our position safe in order to make our premiership dream a reality.” “Everybody here is motivated to realise this dream and we will leave no stone unturned in strengthening and solidifying our position on the log.” He quipped.
Mensah is blessed with an ability to change direction with almost effortless ease, and his balance- combined with a great awareness of what’s around him- makes him a constant threat. However, the teenager admitted that the start to his Mighty Royals career was very challenging, telling Ghanafans.com: “I had to adapt to a lot of things that I wasn’t used to, both in terms of playing and life in general.”
However, like most teenagers, a lack of experience at the top level has occasionally exposed a lack of composure. While it’s hard to criticize a teenager who’s taken advantage of opportunities he’s been handed brilliantly, his inability to finish off a handful of chances will need to be improved if he’s to succeed at the very highest level. Mensah has a knack for creating opportunities and space for himself, but occasionally fluffs his lines after fashioning an opening. “He has a lot to learn if he wants to be remembered as a football legend,” enthused Mighty Royals coach Stephen Gurah.”He has got so much under his sleeves to unleash. He can make good use of his talent if he keeps his composure.”
Mensah couldn’t hide his joy of playing for Wamanfo Mighty Royals and pray his stint with them blossom. “Mighty Royals is a wonderful club with unique fans,” Mensah gushed. “I am immensely looking forward to the resumption of the league to continue my exploits and thank the authorities of the club for giving him the platform to bring my proclivity to bear.”
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah