Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew wants the Black Stars to cap their recent fine form by winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-finalists last won the African title in 1982 and are keen on ending the 30-year trophy drought in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
A relatively inexperienced
Ayew, 22, knows there is a huge weight of expectation on the current set of players to deliver the trophy.
"I think it is even difficult to explain what this trophy can mean to Ghana and to me," Andre said in an interview with ESPN.
"I know our nation is been waiting for this for a long time now. They really want to have the joy of a winning team.
"We have a team which has been doing well, let me say since 2006, Ghana has been progressing and progressing."
"Now we've got to a level where we need to win trophies and I think that’s the only way we can get satisfaction. So we are going to give our best and I believe that. Personally I am going to be very proud and happy to have done something for my country," he added.
Ghana face Botswana in their on Tuesday before playing Guinea and Mali in Franceville.