Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is brimming in confidence ahead of their quarter-final clash with hosts Angola.
The Black Stars beat the Stallions of Burkina Faso by a lone goal on Tuesday to reach the last eight of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, and Asamoah is hopeful they can go the extra mile by scaling over the Angola hurdle.
Asamoah, on the books of Italian Serie A side, Udinese seems to have filled the “playmaker” shoes of captain Stephen Appiah has largely impressed on his debut at the biggest stage in African football.
“We played them before in a friendly and know much about them. It will definitely be a difficult match.”
The Angolans are usually backed by an expectant crowd at the 50,000 capacity November 11 Stadium in Luanda, but Asamoah insists the fans, serving as the twelfth man for hosts will have no impact on them.
“When we played against them in the friendly, it was the same atmosphere. It had no effect on our play and so will it be this time.
“In football, supporters don’t count; it is the pitch that determines the winner.”
Asamoah also believes the return of some injured members of the team will largely aid the team’s quest to end the seemingly success campaign of the hosts.
“Hopefully, we will have some our colleagues back. Michael (Essien) is not returning, but the return of others will be pivotal.”
The 21-year old was a member of the Ghana squad that clinched bronze at the last edition held in Ghana two years ago.