Kwesi Appiah maintains the Black Stars must forget about their 2-2 draw against DR Congo and focus on the bigger picture of beating Mali on Thursday.
The Black Stars were pegged back by the Leopards who turned on the heat in style to rally from two-goals down to draw 2-2 at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The Ghanaians are now faced with a must-win situation against the Eagles in their second group B game on Thursday.
Mali will be in confident mood ahead of the fixture after they recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Niger to top the group.
The Ghana boss wants his players to forget about the slip against the Congolese and wants attention firmly fixed on dispatching Mali.
“The game against Congo is past and gone and we should forget about it,” Appiah said.
“We we need to do now is to concentrate on the next games. That’s more important at this time.
“I don’t want to go back and talk about Congo because it’s past. The future is more important now.”
Anything short of victory could prove disastrous for the African giants in the continental showpiece.