Ex-Ghana boss Lepowura Alhaji MND Jawula has urged local fans not to be intimidated by the pedigree of Egypt ahead of their crucial 2014 World Cup play-offs.
The Black Stars will host the Pharaohs in the first leg in Kumasi in October before the team travel to Egypt to face their opponent a month later.
The game between the two heavyweights has been described as the pick of the qualifiers as games involving the two teams have always been engrossing.
Many Ghanaian fans are cautiously optimistic about their chances against the seven-time African champions following their impressive run in the qualifiers.
But the country’s former FA chief is confident about the chances of the team and insists fans should not press the panic button.
“Egypt is a good side with huge pedigree on the continent. But we should not feel intimidated by their form,” Alhaji Jawula said.
“We have to believe in ourselves and understand that we also have professionals who have played at this level before.
“Of course the Egyptians go into the game with huge sense of optimism having qualified to this stage with a 100% record.
“But the opposition they met cannot be compared to Ghana. It’s dicey tie, I admits but we have what it takes to qualify to Brazil at their expense.”
“I don’t think our people should panic at all. The game will bring the best out of our boys. I have no doubt about that.”
The winner of the two-legged ties will qualify to the soccer mundial in the South American country.