Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu confident Black Stars can win AFCON 2021

Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu confident Black Stars can win AFCON 2021

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
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  • Saudi-base Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is confident the Black Stars can end the 40-year AFCON trophy drought
  • The former Newcastle United player says the Black Stars team is strong enough to win the tournament in Cameroon
  • Ghana will begins its AFCON campaign against Morocco on Monday, January 10

Christian Atsu, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Player of the Tournament, has said Ghana can win the Nations Cup in Cameroon this year.

According to the Saudi-based winger, the Black Stars has a strong team, with a blend of experience and youthful exuberance to make history at AFCON 2021.

Many Black Stars fans remain doubtful of the team's ability to compete after the 3-0 defeat to Algeria in a friendly, but Atsu who was speaking to 3 Sports has urged the nation to support the squad in Cameroon.

Christian Atsu at the Nations Cup in 2016. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial
Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu confident Black Stars can win AFCON 2021. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial
Source: Twitter
“We have young players but some people are complaining about their lack of experience. I am surprised people are still complaining about young players because for me, it doesn’t matter whether you are young or old it is all about what you can do on the pitch," he said.
"“I heard someone saying we shouldn’t expect a lot from these players but what are they going to do in the tournament? They have to go and win," he added.

Atsu was part of the team that reached the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, only to lose to Ivory Coast on penalties.

The Al Raed forward was player of the tournament, and last appeared at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars have not won the Nations Cup since 1982 and will be hoping to end the 40-year wait in Cameroon.

Christian Atsu explores Egypt

Earlier, reported that, Ghana winger Christian Atsu spent time in Egypt over the weekend with his Al Raed teammates as they took time off the busy schedule of the season.

Al Raed's next game is a King's Cup match against Al Hilal, affording the team some time off as the players enjoy their mini vacation.

In photos posted on Twitter, and sighted by, the 29-year-old seemed to be enjoying his time off as he shared photos from the visit of Egypt.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.