We Are Battle -Ready – Dede

Dede1ANDRE Ayew has served notice that the Black Stars are battle-ready for their opening game at the World Cup against the USA.

The 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists face-off with the Stars and Stripes today in Natal and will hope to kick off their campaign on a positive note having beaten the Yanks on two previous occasions on the same stage.

The Olympique Marseille ace said at a press conference on Friday that coach Kwesi Appiah’s charges are not going to underestimate Jurgen Klinsmann’s men, but will play as if that is the final.

“We are 100% focused and counting on the support of the people of Maceio in our first game [against the US]. The training facilities are in good shape,” the 2009 Under-20 World Cup winner stated.

He added: “Psychologically we are ready for the US and prepared for the World Cup. Portugal and Germany are looking forward to win. We should be patient, fully prepared and shock the world by coming out of this group. We can do it even though is going to be difficult.”

Ghana’s other group opponents are Germany and Portugal.

*For Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah, who played in the previous campaign in South Africa and featured in the Black Stars’ win over the US, Kwesi Appiah’s team are holed in a tough group.

“Yes, we’re happy to be underdogs,” Mensah told FIFA.com

“We respect that, statistically, the teams in our group are really high-profile, more so than Ghana, and we do

respect that. But we’re here and we’re more focused on our game. And we’re here to prove everybody wrong once again.”

Mensah, 23, believes the opener game against the U.S. is very crucial to their campaign.

“It’s going to be like a revenge [match] for the United States, because we beat the United States in 2006 and we beat them in 2010. And once again we’re playing them in the first game. For the first game of the competition, everybody is focused and nervous, so it’s going to make the game very, very interesting.”

With games to come against Germany and Portugal, the opening game for Mensah is always the biggest one.

“I would say the United States, because, as I said earlier, they are out for revenge because we beat them twice,” he said.

“And it’s going to be the first game of the competition, so everybody will be expecting something better from Ghana and from the United States as well. So it’s going to make the game very interesting. It’s a difficult game, but we’ll try as much as possible to win.”

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