Former Newcastle winger Christian Atsu advises young Ghanaian stars

Published on: 30 July 2021

Former Newcastle winger Christian Atsu has warned the Black Stars' newcomers not to be complacent.

A new group of Black Stars players, led by Ajax playmaker Mohammed Kudus, Stade Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Steadfast youngster Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, is set to lead a new charge for the senior national team.

After turning down prior invitations, Southampton center-back Mohammed Salisu and Leicester City winger Kamal Sowah are set to join the Black Stars soon.

“Ghanaians gave me the support and everything a country needed to give to a player. Ghanaians gave 100 percent,” 29-year-old Atsu, who burst onto the international scene as a 20-year-old Porto winger in 2012, told 3Sports.

“Now for Kudus and the other younger ones, they [Ghanaians] need to support them. It is not easy to be consistent but they must give all the support. I know Ghana is building a team now, it takes time and it is not easy but they need to be patient with them.”

“My advice to the young players is that they don’t have many chances in the Black Stars. A lot of people are fighting for positions, so when you have your chance, just take it, this is football and it is about chance, he added.

“Everyone knows how to play football. Don’t tell yourself you are young because [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling Braut] Haaland are young but are playing at the top level,”