Andre Ayew says the Black Stars need to prove why they are one of Africa’s biggest teams when they host Zambia in the deciding World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Ghana only require a draw to progress in the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Black Stars lead Group D by a point ahead of their clash against the Chipolopolo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Friday.
Ghana have however suffered painful back-to-back defeats against Zambia within the last year – setting the Black Stars on a revenge course on Friday.
Ayew who was part of the Black Stars team that were unexpectedly downed by the Chipolopolo in the 2012 Nations Cup says the past ought to be forgotten as the side looks to prove again why the are one of the best teams on the African continent.
“I lost to Zambia once when I was at the Nations Cup [in 2012],” the Olympique Marseille star said.
“When we went there to play I was injured in my shoulder so I couldn’t make the trip to Zambia.
“But I think we should even forget about all that has happened in the past. It is true we have lost two games versus Zambia [the back-to-back defeats in 2012].
“I think the first time there were a lot of things that happened and in 2012 when I remember well we played our game in the quarter finals and we had one day rest and had to travel the whole day to another country.
“And the next day we were playing again and they had five days or four days more than us.
“And after when we went to Zambia and we all know what happened there.
“So I think now tomorrow is the game, the pitch will do the talking. We are prepared mentally and as coach said, they spoke a lot – I am not going to enter there again.
“We are the big country, we are the African football stars and we needed to prove it to them on the pitch and not by talking.”
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