Ghana winger Andre Ayew says failure to qualify to the 2013 African Cup of Nations is not an option.
The Black Stars take on Malawi in the reverse fixture for the qualifying round in Lilongwe needing to avoid a 3-0 defeat to make their 19th appearance at the continental mundial.
The team is expected to arrive in Malawi on Friday morning after wrapping up their camping activities in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The 22-year-old Marseille winger says they will not have any excuses for their inability to scale the Malawian threat.
“It is going to be difficult in Malawi. But we’re prepared for it. We are Ghana as we say and there is no way we cannot go to the nations cup,” Ayew said
“We know it going to be a very difficult game. It is going to be in their home. The referee will be on their side, the fans will be with them. Everything is not going to be for us.
“But we have to be tough, we have to be strong. This is where we see the experience of senior players to know how to control such games.”
He continued: “Ghana has no excuse to miss this Nations Cup. We are going to face them. It’s going to be difficult but I think the coach knows what he is doing. He has his plans in mind.”
“We are going to follow his instructions very well and hopefully we will win.
“I don’t how we’re going to do, what we’re going to do but what I do know is that we will go to South Africa and we will do everything to go to South Africa.”
The Black Stars hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg played in Accra last month.