Ghanaian defender Mensah joins Finnish side FC Ilves

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The centre-back has joined the Finnish side on a one-and-half year deal after a frustrating spell in Denmark

Ghana defender Baba Mensah has joined Finnish side FC Ilves on a one-and-half-year contract from Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies, both clubs have officially announced the deal.

The 22-year-old arrived in Europe in 2015 after landing a deal with Swedish Allsvenkan giants BK Hacken but later joined Viborg FF in Denmark last season on loan after falling down the pecking order at Hacken but things did not work as expected.

“Inter Allies FC are delighted to announce that defender Baba Mensah has joined FC Ilves in Finland.

“The tough and strong center back joined the Finnish side after completing a one and half season deal,” the club's statement read.

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“The 2014/15 Ghana Premier League best defender is available for his debut on Saturday when Ilves face VPS in the Veikkausliiga. Baba has experience in plying his trade in the Scandinavia having played for BK Hacken in Sweden and recently Viborg FF in Denmark.

“He has rich experience in playing his position, playing for all the country’s male national teams (U17, U20, U23, Black Stars B & Black Stars)," the statement added.

Mensah, who made his Ghana debut against Congo in 2015, has become the latest Ghanaian to play in Finland after former teammate Evans Mensah and Black Stars midfielder Anthony Annan, who plays for HJK.

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