Christian Atsu may have been used sparingly by Newcastle United but he is a key player for his country, picking up 42 caps so far.

The winger turned 25 today and he celebrated with an impressive performance as Ghana warm up for their African Cup of Nations campaign.

Christian Atsu and Ghana were up against Uzbekistan club side Bunyokdor and defeated them 2-0.

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan and Frank Acheampong scored the two goals but the on-loan Newcastle winger ‘tormented’ the opposition, according to GhanaSoccerNet.

Ghana are managed by former Chelsea boss Avram Grant and their group schedule in Gabon is:

17 January – Ghana v Uganda

21 January – Ghana v Mali

25 January – Ghana v Egypt

Scoring three Championship goals but starting only six league matches this season, Christian Atsu will be hoping for more game time when he returns to St James Park in the hope of making his Newcastle stay permanent.