Winger Christian Atsu backs young Black Stars to sparkle in future

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

Ghana winger Christian Atsu hopes team will put lessons learned from their abject 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign to good use for future tournaments.

The 22-year-old featured in all of Ghana’s three Group G matches and excelled.

Playing in his first World Cup tournament, Atsu is disappointed the Black Stars could not equal their two previous records of progressing from the Group stage.

“We’re very sad about going out like this, but there’s not much we can do about it now,” Atsu told Fifa.com in an interview.

“Naturally, I’m delighted to have had the chance to play in the World Cup, but right now all I feel is sadness, because we really wanted to make the last 16. And I think we deserved to as well.”

Ghana presented the youngest squad at the tournament and Atsu believes they are capable of bouncing back.

“There’s no question we’ve got a young team with a lot going for it. With old hands like Asamoah Gyan around we can still achieve big things for Ghanaian and African football in the next few World Cups.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. nab says:

    My brother, we are tired of you guys always saying next time but never delivered anything. Honestly, i don’t want to hear anything about young team because you are not a young team since most of you are older than your real age. Even though we all know the problem within the Ghana fa but you the players show up for money not to fight for your country.Remember that you have been telling us to wait but now it is almost 32 years without any silver wear. Shit

  2. Boro says:

    Start practising some goal scoring boy because you were TOO WASTEFUL at this wC and also very selfish else Chelsea will continue sending you on loan till you have passed your peak. Oh what a waste!

  3. ghana@heart says:

    well said nab. this refrain of “we will do better next time” has become their usual mantra. We don’t really know when that next time will ever come. “22 year old” guy with three kids? Atsu come on…you deceive yourselves and within a few years you cannot play any better. robin of Netherlands is over 30 but is still playing better. Look at Essien. Shame on you these age cheating Ghanaian footballers.

  4. steveK says:

    The real problem I would dare to say was with the coaching. Was that the best defense one could gather from the whole Ghana? II will dare to say that Pentsil and John Mensah even in their old-age would have done 200% better than Boye (the idiot who was brandising money on foreign TV) and the sorry Jonathan. What ever happened to Vorsah for Christ’s sake?

    It looked like any ball that got through to the back had to be allowed to enter into the posts…….
    Was that the very best we could muster from Good old Ghana? If Jonathan was not standing idle watching balls being kicked into the net, BOYE was kicking the balls in himself.

    I have never felt so humiliated supporting the BLACK STARS of Africa?

  5. Sterlingz says:

    Our players are so ungrateful. In 2001 in Argentina. Ghana gave the likes of Michael essien..sulley muntari ..paintsil nd co the opportunity..and the trend has always continued .even in 2009 Dede nd his groups.Ghana gave them the platform to showcase their talent.but the best way for the to pay us back is to syphon gagantua money from nation that is suffering from dumsor dumsor..shortage of petrol…e.t.c hmmm..players like leonrl messi..CR7 nd the world acclaimed stars are so humble nd happy tepresententing their country . But for Ghana it is the opposite…even the national anthem they can’t sing ..we need a total overhall …even the drumist must go or else Ghana will not win anything with the black stars for years to come.

  6. Zambia Soccerman says:

    Ghana just beat Uruguay

  7. African Consciousness says:

    Atsu you are a bonafide soccer player with a European contract, you do not need anyone to hold your hand. Just play the game and score goals. Gyan was scoring goals for Ghana as soon as he could walk. What are you waiting for? You should have taken on defenders and scored or set up your team to score. Did you see Gervinho’s goal against Columbia? It was a solo effort and sometimes it is OK to be selfish as long as you get results. If you have to take long range shots do keep the ball on the grass, shooting over the bar is a waste and nobody likes that. Thanks for giving Ghana a good effort in Brazil.