Ghana and Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu is reported to have served notice of his decision to quit the Black Stars citing neglect over the injury he suffered while playing for the senior national team that ultimately cost him his starting place at Newcastle United
The devoted player, who has continuously served Ghana with pride for over more than seven years, has told Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor he is no longer available for selection.
A reliable source close to the player revealed that the Engish-based player delivered the message to coach Akonnor when he visited England recently on a tour of Europe to meet Black Stars players.
This then reveals why the talented winger was excluded from the Ghana’s squad announced by Akonnor to face Sudan in a botched 2021 Africa Cup of Nations double-header qualifier.
Atsu’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt ended prematurely after he picked up a hamstring injury during his country’s 0-0 stalemate against Cameroon on July 1, 2019.
He was immediately flown to Tyneside for treatment which lasted for over two months.
The talented winger is reported to have been unhappy with officials of the Ghana Football Association who failed to even contact him during the period of his predicament.
He was left to his faith despite proving his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the national team for several years and now appears to wanting to focus on getting his club career back on track.
The injury he suffered while on national duty cost him many things including his starting berth in the Newcastle United squad as well as wages because he could not get bonuses for playing and had to rely only on salaries.
He lost his place to the club’s emergency signing Allan Saint-Maximin
The former FC Porto wideman is now reluctant to return to the Ghanaian national team after pouring out his genuine concerns to coach Charles Akonnor