Christian Atsu is still hopeful Ghana can qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals despite being in a tight corner in Group E.

The Black Stars are third on the table with one point after losing 2-0 to leaders Egypt in Alexandria on Sunday.

Atsu lasted the entire duration at the Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium as Ghana paid for the lack of a killer instinct.

“Regarding our qualification chances, there are still two matches after the qualifiers and points to grab,” the Newcastle star said after the game.

“We played well today but unfortunately we couldn’t win.”