By Patrick Akoto
Sulley Muntari insists the Black Stars have the wherewithal to end the trophy drought at next year's Nations Cup finals. Â
Ghana open their campaign against minnows Botswana before playing neighbours Mali and Guinea in Group D for the biannual showpiece.
The Group could be tricky for the 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-finalists considering the pedigrees of their opponents.
The Inter Milan star man, who will is expected to feature prominently in Goran Stevanovicâ€™s squad at the tournament, remains adamant about the countryâ€™s chances.
"With our pedigree on the continent, surely a lot will be expected of us in the tournament. I have said before that weâ€™re determined to go a step further in 2012," Muntari said
"We respect our opponents in the group but the truth of the matter is that weâ€™re also going to guard against complacency and tackle each game with total seriousness.
"We have a fantastic manager and a great team which is very compact and so weâ€™ll do our best. I believe weâ€™re capable of writing our names in the history books."
Ghana were losing finalists at the 2010 Africa Cup Nations in Angola.