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World Cup 2010: Ghana unfazed by African pressure

Ghana captain Stephen Appiah

Ghana prepare for Uruguay clash

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac says the pressure of being the last African side in the World Cup will not hinder his team in their World Cup quarter-final.

The Black Stars, who carry the hopes of the host continent, face Uruguay on Friday aiming to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals.

"We're not under any obligation to make history but that doesn't mean we don't want to," said Rajevac.

"We will not change our style or worry about so-called pressure."

Only two other African teams have advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals - Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002.

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And the president of Ghana's football federation hopes the team's performance will help unite the entire African continent.

"We are happy that Fifa has given South Africa and Africa the opportunity for healing," said Kwesi Nyantakyi.

"We are supported by the whole of Africa. In Africa, we are one person, we have a common objective and that is why we support one another.

"We know we are not alone. We are trying to pursue the African cause - we will do our best."

A 2-1 win over the United States helped Ghana into the last eight of the World Cup, but to progress further, Rajevac believes his side will have to be alert to Uruguay's attacking threat.

"Uruguay have a great tradition and players playing in the best leagues in Europe," added Rajevac.

"They have to be one of the best teams in the world. They deserve every respect and Forlan is a fine player.

We have made Africa proud - Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan

We have made Africa proud - Gyan

"But we will play the way that has brought us success so far.

"We are not going to adjust our style and we will try to use whatever weakness we can find in our opponents.

"What is very important is to be able to change your system as the match demands."

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan, who has scored two goals in the tournament so far, has hailed Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez.

"He is quite calm as a coach, with a lot of experience, who knows how to handle the group very well," said Forlan.

"The experience that he has from (the 1990 World Cup) and other teams has helped us all a lot."

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Muntari in glory hunt at World Cup
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Gyan devotes Ghana win to Africa
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Rajevac hopes for African support
24 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Africa's World Cup sides criticised
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Team tracker and Predictor
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