Winning against Brazil in the Round of 16 on Wednesday put Ghana on course for their third world title in eight attempts. And if the Black Starlets manage to do that on 9 September, it is their captain Paul Addo who will lift the trophy at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Seoul.
Although he sat out the famous 1-0 win in Gwangyang, Addo was confident that his team-mates would get better of Lulinha and Co. despite being down to ten men. Ghana faced the Brazilians at the eight-nation tournament in Suwon two months ago, and they earned a 1-1 draw after a player had been sent off in the first half.
With the Black Starlets preparing to overcome the next huddle in the shape of Peru, FIFA.com sat down with the 17-year-old ahead of his side's quarter-final match in Changwon on Saturday.
"Our morale is very high after the victory against Brazil," said the diminutive wing-back. "Everything's going well and we will concentrate and try our best to win the Peru game."
As the captain of his country, Addo is responsible for leading the boys on the pitch under any given circumstances. And he is not the kind of leader who shouts out loud, but rather a quiet lad who leads by example.
"As a matter of fact, my job is really simple and easy because our team is so well united," he smiles. "I'm kind of a shy person so it's difficult to play my role sometimes. But I don't have to tell them what to do during the game."
It has been over a fortnight since the kick-off of this tournament and the fact that Addo is away from his family could work against him. But he does not think so. "This is our second visit to Korea since June and people here are very friendly. I never felt homesick because we're concentrating only on football," he explains.
That said, Addo does not take the game so seriously: "For me, football is just a game and I want to enjoy it. Of course, we came here to win the cup but I think the possibility is about 75 percent. I cannot tell you we're sure to lift the trophy, because it's impossible to predict what will happen in football."
Like he said, nobody knows what this admirer of Sulley Muntary and Roberto Carlos will become in the future, and his goal at the moment is realistic. "I dream of playing for Manchester United some day. But for now I just want to move forward to begin a professional career soon."