The 29-year-old talks about the new crop of Black Stars, his personal ambitions and career lows
Ghana international Christian Atsu has warned the new faces in the Black Stars camp against dissatisfaction.
A new generation of Black Stars is on the horizon, including Ajax game creator Mohammed Kudus, Stade Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana and steadfast teenager Abdul Fatawu Issahaku.
The center of Mohammed Salisu, the center of Southampton, and Kamal Sowah, the wing of Leicester City, are also expected to join the Black Stars soon, after rejecting previous invitations.
‘Ghanaians have given me the support and everything a country needs to give to a player. Ghanaian gave 100 percent, “said the 29-year-old Atsu, who burst onto the international scene as a 20-year-old winger from Porto in 2012. 3Sport.
‘Now for Kudus and the other younger ones, they [Ghanaians] must support them. It’s not easy to be consistent, but they need to give all the support. I know Ghana are building a team now, it takes time and it is not easy but they have to be patient with them. ”
“My advice to the young players is that they do not have many chances in the Black Stars. A lot of people fight for positions, so if you get the chance, just take it, it’s football and it’s about chance.
‘Everyone knows how to play football. Do not tell yourself that you are young [Kylian] Mbappe en [Erling Braut] Haaland is young, but plays at the highest level. ”
It is likely that Ghana’s biggest ambition is to win the Africa Cup of Nations tournament again, after enduring a series of disappointments since their last title in 1982.
In 2015, the Black Stars, inspired by Atsu, ended near their drought, but they were unlucky to give up a lead during a penalty shootout with Ivory Coast to end up as the losing team.
“I still do not believe we lost the tournament,” said the striker, who won the Equatorial Guinea Tournament.
‘That trophy was like when someone gives you something; you just take it. And today I will say Ghanaian is right, regardless of the words they say to us, we deserve it because we gave away the tournament and it was really bad.
“Until now, I feel very sad that I’m 29, growing up and I have not won the Afcon title yet, and it’s very sad.”
‘I would say with the kind of players we have, we should not talk about the Black Stars not winning the Afcon for 35 years or 36 years. This should not be possible.
‘Ghana has produced many top talents like Michael Essien, Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Dede Ayew. It’s crazy, but it’s the situation we’re in. ”
Atsu, who recently signed for Saudi team Al Raed, hopes to enable the Ghana team for its final pursuit of an Afcon title when the tournament takes place again in January.