Most players will retire if we don’t win AFCON – Christian Atsu

Black Stars forward, Christian Atsu, has stated that a lot of his teammates in the Black Stars team will retire if they do not win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana has not won the trophy since 1982, and have since come close in 1992, 2010 and 2015 but lost in the finals of those competitions.

Atsu believes this tournament might be the last bow for a number of his teammates.

“This is what the whole country wants. We have not won this trophy for 37 years despite all the good players this country has produced.

“I think if we get all the support we need, we can win it this year. Because if we don’t win it, many people are going to retire,” the Newcastle United forward stated in an interview with Football Made in Ghana.

Since 2008, the Black Stars have made the semi finals of the competition, the most number of consecutive appearance in the last four by any country.

Kwesi Appiah’s men, who are currently camping in Dubai, are hoping to end that 37 year wait for the trophy when the continental showpiece begins on Friday.

Ghana will open the campaign against fellow West Africans Benin on Tuesday 25 June 2019.


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