Reviewing our remarkable first season in the country’s top-flight football, we got hold of two of our defensive brick wall
A role model for the other, one is a former Ghana under-20 star that helped the country to win bronze in the last FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey and the other one is a member of the current national under -20 team who are on the verge of qualifying for the African Youth Championship in Senegal next year.
Forming a formidable team, obviously the most eminent defensive partnership in Inter Allies’ history, the dynamic duo had a combined 59 matches and only seven yellow cards in all competitions (Ghana Premier League + FA Cup) between them.
Playing a key role in the current Ghana’s U20 team and the vice-captain of Inter Allies, Joseph Aidoo featured 30 times for the “Eleven Is To One” in all competitions with only 2 yellow cards.
Aidoo who seems to have learned from his teammate says his pairing with Mensah looks to be the best in his career so far and will love to learn more from his senior.
“Baba Mensah is a top player, sometimes I see him as my role model and want to learn more from him. His defensive abilities can’t be compared arguably the best player I have played with, so far in my career,’’ Aidoo said.
He added: “We formed a brilliant formidable partnership and together we stopped so many attackers from getting their days. He has gained a rich experience in the sport; his confidence level is always high. He is a brave athlete.”
The former under-20 star Baba Mensah, had a total 29 games from a possible 37 games in all competitions last season attracting only 5 yellow cards.
The combative defender believes despite being a senior to Aidoo, he has benefited a lot from the vice-captain playing with him last season.
“Joe is a very fantastic player, his work rate, energy and power is just immense. He has helped me add value to my game, there’s one thing Joe doesn’t know I guess it’s a secret – I learn a lot from him.”
“It beats me that he has such great leadership quality at this age, no wonder he is the vice-captain and has played so many games last season, the future is bright for him.”
These two players possess similar attributes and exhibit similar playing style. They are calm in defense but very difficult to break down.
Mentality, they are strong and can play under pressure and have excelled together in so many high tension games last season.