Bristol City striker’s bold statement as he begins audition for Ghana’s World Cup squad

Yet to start a match this season, Semenyo is ready and raring for Ghana in their upcoming friendly matches

Antoine Semenyo wants to ‘show the world’ what he can do as the Bristol City striker bids to be a part of Ghana’s World Cup squad.

Semenyo is away on international duty with the Black Stars with two friendly matches against Brazil and Nicaragua lined up this week as the African side continue their preparations for November’s main event.

The 22-year-old was called up to Otto Addo’s squad, despite only making his first appearance of the season in mid-August against Wycombe Wanderers. Despite not starting for City yet this season, he has returned four goals in six matches, coming off the bench for thirty minute cameos.

Semenyo - who changed his allegiance from England to Ghana this year, is hoping to score his first goal for his country which would go a long way to putting himself in contention for the 26-man squad for the World Cup.

He said in an interview with the Ghana FA: “I just want to show the world stage what I can do, show them I can score, link play and run in behind if I need to. I’m raring to go and I’m ready when called upon.

“I’m carrying that fiery edge, so I know when I get a chance I’ll score and make the country proud. I’m waiting for my opportunity again.”

The matches arranged will not take place in neither Central or South America and instead will be played in France and Spain which will make for a smooth return to club duties for Semenyo.

Ghana are training in Le Harve for their first match with Brazil on Friday, September 23, before facing Nicaragu at the Artes Carrasco in Lorca, four days later.

New players have been called up which will provide stiff competition for Semenyo. Athletic Club forward Inaki Williams was named for the first-time along with Dynamo Dresden forward Ransford-Yeboah.

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew is also in the squad along with Felix Afena-Gyan and Benjamin Tetteth and so, Semenyo will have to use this as an audition to impress the manager.

“It’s very important, we have some new boys in with us, all of us can gel together and get used to how we play and come together as a group and perform on the big stage,” he said about the competition amongst the squad.

“Everyone is in good spirits and has good vibes, we’re all raring to go and I can’t wait.

“It’s healthy competition and everyone is fighting for their place. If you get that number one spot you want to keep it and it’s what I’m fighting for.

“I’m happy to be with the team again. I went back unfortunately because of injury but it’s good to be back. I’m ready to show the Ghanians what I can do. I’m ready and raring to go.”