How Columbus Crew Ghanaian quartet lean on each other for support

Columbus Crew’s Ghanaian quartet Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Abu and Lalas Abubakar have acknowledged that they lean on each other for support as they strive to keep that bond with their Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

In an exclusive interview with Michael Oti Adjei of KweseESPN, the Ghanaians who have become integral to the success story of Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter stressed the importance of the ‘family bond’ they share together.

According to Lalas Abubakar, they all support each other both on and off the field.

“When I was drafted here, part of the thrill came from knowing I will be playing with these established Ghana internationals, including Jonathan Mensah”, Lalas Abubakar noted.

“But the benefit of having other Ghanaians has not just been on the field. When I came here initially, I wasn't playing and things were not going really well, but they stood behind me, encouraged me and urged me on. In a way, they have become family”.

Compatriot Jonathan Mensah shared the sentiments of Abubakar as he noted that life in the MLS wasn't easy from the beginning, “but I think I have coped thanks to the support I have received from everyone here, especially my compatriots”.

“Having them here is like a wake button all the time. We are honest. When you are doing well, they praise you. When things go wrong, they point it out, they encourage you. The brotherhood we keep here keeps us growing in the game and keeps us growing as human beings”, Mensah added.

“We want to keep this bond. Abu is married, Harrison is too, so we can't be together all the time, but we try and get together as much as we can.

“We always hang out when we have off days. It is always an important period for us because then you can forget about football for a while and just be yourself”, Mensah indicated.
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