Ansah looks for Heartland lift
Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 12:48
Ghanaian defender Aziz Ansah is hoping he can seize the grand stage of the CAF Champions League finals and force his way into Milovan Rajevac’s thinking with the Nations Cup and World Cup to come next year.
The former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko right-back will be seeking to help Nigerian side Heartland FC become African champions with the first leg of the final tie to come this weekend against TP Mazambe. The Black Stars right back slot has been the preserve of John Paintsil for many years now with Basle’s Samuel Inkoom his established understudy now. But Ansah reckons a good display in the two leg final will for the Nigerians could propel him in the same manner that Joe Tex Frimpong’s efforts for Enyimba earned him a Black Stars call up in 2005. “It’s important to play well and help my team win. The Champions League was a big stage that helped Joe Tex Frimpong break into the Black Stars. He scored lots of goals,” he said.
“But I play in a different position but can help my team like I have done till now. I hope the Ghanaian handlers will follow my career here (Nigeria).
“This a good time for me to show the coaches what I can do. But that is not the main thing though. The important thing is to play well, defend well and join the attack when we have the ball so we can lift the cup.
“When the job is done, we can hope for the best. But pulling on the national shirt really drives me. And I would continue to work hard to try and get called,” he said.
Heartland host the first leg of the Champions League on Sunday.