Winger Albert Adomah insists Ghana is not afraid of being in the 2014 World Cup’s ‘Group of Death’, insisting they have enough quality to advance from the group stage.
The 26-year-old will mark his debut at the world stage after being included in Kwesi Appiah’s 23-man party to Brazil.
The Boro winger came on a second half substitute and set-up a goal for Ghana as they mauled South Korea 4-0 in their final warm-up friendly in Miami on Monday night ahead of the World Cup.
The Black Stars’ next action is on Monday evening when they open what looks a difficult World Cup campaign against the United States.
And their prospects of further progress could come down to how they fare against the Americans - because Ghana are in the toughest group possible.
They must also face fancied Germany, semi-finalists in 2010, and a Portugal side powered by Cristiano Ronaldo fresh from Champions League victory.
But optimistic Albert isn’t daunted by the draw.
“People are saying it is the ‘Group of Death’ but I don’t see it like that,” he told the Gazette.
“Yes, it is a tough group, and to be honest it is not the group you would pick for yourself.
“But they are all tough groups. It is not like we are in with Brazil and Argentina.
“And the way I see it is that the other teams in there will all take points off each other.
“The two big boys won’t want to lose against each other and if they draw, then they only have to draw one more game and that opens the door to us.
“If we can win a game, against the USA say, then can get a draw off one of the others then we are right in the mix.
“People might under-estimate us a bit and that could go in our favour.
“Remember Ghana have got a good record in the World Cup, we are not novices.
“We almost made the semi-finals last time.”