Ghana cannot afford a slip-up in their quest for a second successive FIFA World Cup™ appearance when they play Sudan in a Group D qualifier on Saturday, head coach Milovan Rajevac said on Tuesday.
The four-time African champions have pitched up camp in the Kenyan town of Naivasha, about 90 kilometres north-west of Nairobi, to acclimatise for the steamy heat of Omdurman where they will face the Desert Hawks.
Ghana have won their last two matches against Benin and Mali and another win in Sudan will virtually secure their place in the 2010 finals in South Africa.
"We have the same team that played Mali in the camp apart from defender John Paintsil who is suspended for the weekend game," said Rajevac. "Sudan are a good team, especially when they are playing at home but we are confident of getting the three points we need," he added.
The Black Stars, who are scheduled to play a local premiership club in a warm-up game on Wednesday, will be without their inspirational captain Stephen Appiah for the second international match due to family commitments.
Notable players in the camp include Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan, Lyon defender John Mensah and goalkeeper Richard Kingson of English Premiership side Wigan.