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World Cup 2010: Muntari in glory hunt in South Africa

By Michael Oti Adjei
BBC World Service in South Africa

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari with coach Milovan Rajevac
Sulley Muntari is line to start against Uruguay in the World Cup

Sulley Muntari insists Ghana are determined to go further than any other African country at the World Cup.

The Black Stars midfielder says they will not fall into the trap of thinking the quarter-final is the height of their achievement.

The Black Stars will be involved in only the third quarter-final in World Cup history featuring an African side.

Cameroon previously lost to England in 1990 while Senegal fell to Turkey at the same stage at the 2002 World Cup.

"Senegal and Cameroon did a great job but we want to break records, we want to do well and we want to go further and further and see what happens next," Muntari told BBC World Service Africa's Fast Track programme.

The Inter Milan midfielder who was previously a regular in the Ghana side has been forced to watch most of his side's games from the bench as a result of injury and disciplinary problems.

The 25-year-old says he will give his best if picked by Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac to replace the suspended Dede Ayew.

Muntari has also been impressed by how the new members of the side have fitted in.

"What the new guys have done is fantastic," he said.

"Kevin (Prince Boateng), Dede, they have done a great job.

"It's always been like that with the national team.

"People have come in and done a great job."

Uruguay have caught the eye this World Cup with their refreshing brand of attacking football.

Their strike force of Luis Suarez of Ajax and Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan have been potent, scoring five times between them in four games already.

Muntari reckons the key to Ghana's victory will be keeping the pair in check.

"These guys are incredible in the penalty area and score a lot of goals in Europe and already they have showed that in this World Cup," he said.

"But we have to keep our guards here and prevented them from playing. If we do that we have a real chance."

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Gyan devotes Ghana win to Africa
26 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Ghana returns fans from World Cup
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24 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Pantsil tips Ghana for semi-final
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