Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah believes his team has recovered from their semi-final heartache to be ready to face Mali on Saturday.
The Black Stars flopped incredibly as they lost out to Burkina Faso 3-2 on penalties to end their dream of a final berth at the 2013 Nations Cup on Wednesday.
The defeat saw most of the players especially the ones in the twilight of their careers totally broken as they shed uncontrollable tears after the game on Wednesday.
The disappointment of the extension of the 31-year wait to win the Nations Cup title has flattened the mood in the Ghana camp and deflated the morale within its highly expectant supporters.
But coach Appiah says his boys have managed to pick themselves up from the massive disappointment and are looking to perform their best against Mali in the contest for third place.
“The first day after the semifinal, the players were really down,” he said.
“I had a meeting with them and they themselves have had two or three meetings between them.
“This afternoon I had a last meeting with them and today they went to training singing, really motivated.
“I believe they will go out there tomorrow highly motivated and they will go out there tomorrow to perform their best.
Appiah also hailed the psychological resilience of the Black Stars team – saying the current crop are unique in their own way.
“This group of players is totally different,” he added.
“They love each other and when things aren’t going well, they try to motivate each other.
“If you have a team that supports each other, it is always the best.”