FRANCEVILLE Ghana vice-president John Dramani has warned his side not to give in to complacency as they begin their bid for Africa Cup of Nations glory that has eluded them for 30 years.
The vice-president paid a visit to the Black Stars camp in Franceville, Gabon, to add extra encouragement in their latest attempt for trophy success.
What I am hearing all over is that the big names in African football are not part of the tournament and so it will be easy for Ghana and others, but let me remind you that those big names were eliminated by countries that are participating in the month-long competition, noted Dramani.
Dramani was accompanied by Baba Jamal, Information deputy minister Roger Ansogwine, chief director at his office, officials of National Sports Council and journalists from both the private and public media.
Dramani also added the country needed to work hard to instil Ghanaian pride among fans.
I am very hopeful that you will come back home with the Cup, for you made us proud in previous tournaments and we all know that you can even do much better in this tournament by winning the ultimate price.
You are considered as one of the best countries to lift the trophy and we shall do our best by backing you with prayers and encouragement, but the last bit, which is playing, will be done by you here and we expect nothing but the Cup.
Meanwhile, coach Goran Stevanovic confirmed that the morale in the camp and amongst the players was high and that his side would put out their best possible displays to bring home the Cup.
Every player here is in good form and shape and we will do our best to come home with the Cup at the end of the tournament, the tactician assured.
Ghana begin their Group D campaign against Bostwana today, while Mali will take on Guinea in the remaining opening match of the group.