Ghana’s Christian Atsu believes Egypt can go far in Russia
The Pharaohs have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after topping group E, which included Uganda, Congo, and Christian Atsu’s Ghana.
And the 26-year-old has assessed Senegal, Nigeria, and Egypt chances in the 2018 World Cup after his side failed to qualify for the first time since 2006.
The Newcastle United winger was part of the Ghana team that played in the 2014 World Cup and scored in the Black Stars’ 6-1 thrashing of Egypt.
“When you look at the Senegal team, they have Sadio Mane and deserved it [World Cup qualification], so with hard work I think they will do well,” Atsu told Voice Online.
“The Nigeria team have a lot of young players – very talented players – who are playing at a high level.
“Some are playing in La Liga, some in the Premier League and when you look at their group they won almost all of their matches. So I believe Nigeria will be one of the countries to go far in the World Cup.
“Also Egypt – they have Mohammed Salah, they have a very good coach [Hector Cuper] and they play really compact.
“I have played against them and they are really hard to play against. I believe they can also go far,” he added.
Egypt were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia, with their opening game being against Uruguay on June 15, before facing Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 24.
While Senegal are placed in group D with Poland, Colombia, and Japan. Nigeria find themselves in group D with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.
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