Ghana's forward march still needs the experience of its senior players, says midfielder Christian Atsu.
The Black Stars suffered an early exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, finishing behind Germany, U.S and Portugal in Group G.
It was the first time in their World Cup history that the national team, quarter-finalist four years ago in South Africa had failed to get out of the group stages.
Despite the setback, the emergence of younger members predicts a bright future as the Black Stars hope to return again, when Russia hosts the tournament in 2018.
Atsu, one of the many 15 World Cup debutants and youngsters in the Ghana squad expects the influence of the experienced players around to guide them through.
“There’s no question we’ve got a young team with a lot going for it,” said Atsu.
“With old hands like Asamoah Gyan around we can still achieve big things for Ghanaian and African football in the next few World Cups.”
Atsu, 22, finds it hard hard to overcome Ghana’s elimination and take pride from fulfilling a dream that every player cherishes.
“We’re very sad about going out like this, but there’s not much we can do about it now,” he said.
“Naturally, I’m delighted to have had the chance to play in the World Cup, but right now all I feel is sadness, because we really wanted to make the last 16. And I think we deserved to as well.”