Christian Atsu is one of a number of Newcastle players away on international duty.
Having had a disappointing start to the season with Newcastle, the winger hoping to get a lift with Ghana.
However, Saturday saw a nightmare result for his country, losing their first ever competitive game against Kenya.
Ranked only 112 in the world, Kenya won thanks to an own goal, despite having to play for the final half hour with only 10 men after a red card.
Despite this result, Christian Atsu is still confident of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations finals, saying ‘There is nothing to be afraid of.’
After the game, the media have praised the winger for his pace against Kenya but not his end product.
Ghana have four group games remaining, with a home against Sierra Leone up next in October.
The 2019 finals won’t clash with the European leagues, as the competition has been moved from the usual January slot to one in June 2019.
Christian Atsu after Ghana lost 1-0 to Kenya:
“It is football, we lost the game although we had a lot of possession and created a lot of chances we could have won the game but this is football and we just have to focus on the next game which is the most important thing to do now.
“There is nothing to be afraid of, for sure Ghana will qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.”
‘Much of Ghana’s attack was being routed through Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu who was getting a lot of time on the ball on the left, but his crosses lacked quality and were being picked up too easily by Matasi.
Atsu finally delivered a good cross at the start of the second half but Waris could not apply the finish touch as it drifted across the face of goal.
Then, Atsu and Partey attempted to force the issue, playing some fantastic one-two passes before letting the chance slip when the former failed to pull the trigger.’
‘Posta Rangers defender Joackins Atudo was introduced as a second half substitute following Philemon Otieno’s injury.
He endured a torrid time in the right back position as Christian Atsu tormented him with his blistering pace. Atudo is known for his ability to play in several positions at the back, but his time as a fullback is definitely over.’