Christian Atsu, a winger for the Black Stars, has set his sights on a comeback to the national squad ahead of next year’s AFCON competition in Cameroon.
Under current head coach C.K Akonnor, the former Newcastle player who was named the most outstanding player in the 2015 AFCON is yet to play for the Black Stars.
Atsu, on the other hand, revealed that he spoke with Akonnor before opting to leave the national team.
Ghana must win the AFCON in 2022, according to the 29-year-old, and he hopes to be a member of the team when that moment arrives.
“The coach understands and he told me to let him know when I’m ready. I need to be playing first.”
“If you look at the players Ghana has produced since we last won the AFCON (in 1982), it’s very sad,” he said in an interview with The Athletic.
“We must target the January 2022 tournament. If I am part of it, as I hope, I will give everything. I do not want to retire without winning a trophy for Ghana. If I do, I’ll be a failure.”
The AFCON tournament in 2022 is set to begin on the 9th of January and end on the 6th of February.
When it comes to deciding on his future destination after leaving Newcastle, Atsu will undoubtedly have the Black Stars in mind.