The midfielder has played down assertions he is not “killing himself” for the national team as compared to his clubGhana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has admitted he needs to replicate his club form at national level, but the fans should also realise both are different platforms.
The 24-year-old said he has been playing his heart out with the Black Stars and “it is not like I am here and I don't want to play and do my best.”
Speaking to the BBC, the Juventus regular stated he understands how the local fans feels because “we have our way of thinking as footballers and fans have theirs too.”
“There is a big difference in the way we play at Juventus and the way we play at Ghana. The training is different too so you can't compare the national team to a club side,” the former Udinese player, who will be making his fourth appearance at the Nations Cup, said.
“I always try to do my best. I always want to fight for the nation. There are days that people say I didn't do well but it doesn't kill my spirit. It rather motivates me to do more.”
The playmaker is optimistic the four-time African champions can annex the continental trophy in South Africa.
“If we are united, I think we have the quality of players to win it with the right fighting spirit. Football is not about individuals. It's about team spirit and the hard work.”