2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Most players will hang our boots if we don’t win AFCON – Christian Atsu

Published on: 19 June 2019

Newcastle United forward, Christian Atsu, has reiterated 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 Africa's finest tournament since 1982, and have since come close in 1992, 2010 and 2015 but lost in the finals of those competitions.

However, the former FC Porto and Chelsea star believe 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," he told FootballMadeInGhana.com

“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.

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 years waits 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.