Ghana forward Andre Ayew has promised his side will continue to do all they can to make their country and continent proud after enjoying a dream start to their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ campaign. But he warned against getting too carried away with their 1-0 win over Serbia, pointing out they have tough hurdles still to negotiate.
Ghana, who reached the last 16 on their FIFA World Cup debut four years ago before being knocked out by Brazil, are in a strong position after seeing off Serbia with a late Asamoah Gyan penalty. With games against wounded Australia and group favourites Germany to come, however, they cannot take anything for granted.
We thank God for this victory and we hope it is just the beginning.
"We are happy and we hope that we are going to continue like this because this is just the beginning. The hard times are to come in the next two games," said Ayew following the victory in Pretoria. "South Africa is behind us and all of the African teams. We are going to do everything to make South Africa and Ghana proud." The victory saw Ghana become the first African team to win a match at this year's World Cup.
"It was a very difficult game," added Ayew. "We wanted to win and we wanted to make our coach proud, playing against his country. There is a lot of team spirit. The players on the bench are always helping us - I want to thank (Stephen) Appiah and (Sulley) Muntari for all their confidence in all of us. We thank God for this victory and we hope it is just the beginning."