Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has warned his side to be wary of an Egyptian side who present a significant threat to their World Cup ambitions.
The two countries will go at each other in the first leg tie of the 2014 World Cup playoffs in Kumasi on Tuesday October 15.
The Ghanaians are without a number of regular members of the team due to varied reasons.
They come up against an Egyptian side who are also desperate to qualify to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and the Ghanaian trainer wants his troops to be cautious.
“It’s a big game. It’s a game which is important to all Ghanaians and every member on my team is aware of that,” Appiah said
“Egypt are seven-time African champions and trying to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990. That will give them some added boost going into the game.”
Egypt’s achievement, according to Appiah should serve as motivation for his players to get a good result at the Baba Yara Stadium.
“Their record in its sense means that we cannot look down on them. We can’t get complacent. We have to prepare well and remain focused,” Appiah said.
“The expectation will always be there whenever the Black Stars have a game.
“I can say I was more anxious during the Zambia game. There’s been no panic since the pairing with them [Egypt].
“I have respect for them. They are a good side,” concluded the Ghana coach.
The aggregate winner after both legs qualifies for next year’s finals in Brazil.