Mensah on Accam’s goal: “He shot really fast and it went in”

Ghana and Columbus Crew SC defender Jonathan Mensah has admitted that fellow Ghanaian and Chicago Fire winger David Accam’s equalizing strike against his side may have happened on his blind side.

Last Saturday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) season opener between Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire at the Mapfre Stadium became a Ghanaian duel. Apart from Lalas Abubakar who did not make the squad, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Mohammed Abu starred for the Crew in their bid to stop fellow Ghanaian and Chicago Fire talisman David Accam from scoring.

One of such Ghanaian duels in the game was when Accam’s attempt to back heel the ball went wrong as his studs went into Afful’s knee. Although, it wasn’t malicious, Afful needed a treatment with a laceration to his knee.

In all, Accam still prevailed in the afternoon after beating Mensah to cancel Crew’s early lead. Mensah told the media after the one all tie that Accam’s goal happened so quick, suggesting that there were some elements of surprise and luck.

“I didn’t really see what happened before Accam got the ball, but I think it deflected from one of our defenders. Accam got the ball and he shot really fast and it went in. We just need to work on that and improve”, the Ghanaian defender added.

Even though Mensah was impressed with the atmosphere at the home venue in his maiden MLS appearance, he was not happy with the outcome of the game.

“The result wasn’t what we wanted, but there were lots of positive stuff and we will pick it up from there and look to the next game.

“The atmosphere was good. This is my first time and I really liked it. I hope it’s going to continue like that” adding, “my performance wasn’t bad. I did what I could do and I hope I improve game after game.”

David Accam’s 73rd-minute equalizer was his 25th goal in all competitions for the Fire, one behind Marco Pappa’s seventh-place standing on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list. It was also his 20th goal in MLS, sending him past Jesse Marsch and Patrick Nyarko into sole possession of 10th place in club rankings.

Accam has now scored three goals in five career regular season games against Columbus Crew SC and five in six matches in all competitions.

Including US Open Cup, Accam has scored 25 goals in 55 appearances for Chicago and for the young Ghanaian striker, what was important was the fact that he scored in the first match of the season.

“It feels great. For me, my confidence is going higher and higher. I am happy to get on the score sheet in the first match of the season”, Accam noted.

Accam was highly impressed with their output and the fact that they return to Chicago with a valuable point excited him the most.

“We have a good squad and for us this is the first game and first opportunity to do well and by the second half we really came out.

“In the second half we controlled the game, we created so many chances. We assaulted their back four, 1v1 so that helped us a lot. We could have won the game in the second half, but we are happy.

“I think one point in Columbus is not too bad, especially with how we started the game. So for now I am happy with it”, he concluded.
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