Soccer News of Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Espanyol midfielder Mubarak Wakaso believes his Ghana teammates must work their socks off to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Wakaso has been named in the Black Stars provisional 26-man squad which begins preparations in Abu Dhabi on 5 January.
His combativeness and stamina in midfield should strengthen Ghana to advance from Group B which comprises DR Congo, Mali and Niger.
The 22-year-old, who is eager to make his debut in the continent's flagship event, wants his compatriots to expect tough tests.
"I don't think the Nations Cup will be easy for us. We have to work hard if we want to win,'' the 22-year-old told Accra-based Asempa FM.
"We want the fans to support and pray for us. I am confident we can win the cup.
"We're not going to underrate any team because if we do, it could prove disastrous for us."
Wakaso says the Black Stars can take a leaf out of Zambia's book and win a fifth title.
"We all saw what Zambia did. Nobody have Zambia the chance to win the Nations Cup in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea, but we're witness to their impressive performances," added.
"So I don’t think we should underrate any team.
"What is important for us is to work hard and keep our eyes on the ball."