Jonathan Mensah of Ghana shields the ball away from Blati Toure of Burkina Faso during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 18:00
Ghana international Jonathan Mensah has underlined the importance of the Black Stars' upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Congo.
The West African's host the Red Devils in Kumasi on Friday, before travelling south to Brazzaville for the reverse fixture next Tuesday.
Kwesi Appiah's troops sit in a precarious position heading into the back-to-back Group E tussles, following disappointing results against Uganda (0-0 draw) and Egypt (0-2 defeat) in their opening two fixtures.
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As a result, the heat is on the Black Stars with Columbus Crew defender, Mensah,underlining the importance of their upcoming matches next month as Ghana aim to qualify for a fourth successive World Cup.
"You can never say it is a lost dream, because at the end of the day there are still a lot games to play before we get there, but It is a very tough hurdle," Mensah told KweseESPN. "Normally after two games we have four points, but now reality has hit us and we must deal with it.
"We basically need to win both games against Congo," he added. "If we don't win those two games it is over for us. We simply have to win them, because that will set us up really well for the Egypt game at home later," he concluded.