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Sports News of Saturday, 10 March 2018

Source: ghanasportsonline.com

Christian Atsu wants to make up for World Cup disappointment

Black Stars winger Christian Atsu is still bemoaning Ghana’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Ghana missed out on qualification after finishing third in group E of the African qualifiers behind Egypt who secured the sole ticket from the group and Uganda who placed second.

The Black Stars after tasting World Cup football in the last three editions were eager to make it for a fourth successive time but for the failure to record a single victory in their three home matches, only managing to pick maximum points away at Congo.

Atsu after the disappointment wants to make up by helping the team win next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

“The fans were really disappointed when we couldn’t qualify for the World Cup, but we have the African Nations Cup coming in 2019,” Newcastle United ace told The Voice.

“We haven’t won it for 36 or 35 years now and the fans in Ghana are really angry with the Black Stars because of this. “So, for us, we want to tell them that we are working hard and preparing for the 2019 African Nations Cup – which they would prefer [we won] to the World Cup.

“So, we are very confident that we will give them what they want.”

The 25-year-old is aware of the privileges in playing at the World Cup having participated in the last edition in Brazil where Ghana failed to go past the group stages for the first time.