Black Stars winger, Christian Atsu, says he will consider himself a failure if he retires from international football without winning the Africa Cup of Nations title.
The 29-year-old free agent was named Player of the Tournament in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when Ghana lost in the final to Ivory Coast on penalties.
It will be forty years since Ghana last won its last Afcon trophy in 1982 when the delayed 2021 edition gets under in Cameroon next year.
Atsu discloses Ghana head coach, Akonnor understands his situation and needs to be playing actively before he gets back into the Black Stars squad after being frozen out of Newcastle’s squad last season.
“The coach understands, and he told me to let him know when I’m ready. I need to be playing first,” he said in an interview, as quoted by footballmadeinghana.com.
“If you look at the players Ghana has produced since we last won the AFCON (in 1982), it’s very sad.
“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,” he concluded.
He last featured for the Black Stars at the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.
Christian Atsu has ended his stay with English Premier League side Newcastle United and may be on the move to a new club soon.