Stand-in Ghana captain Sulley Muntari is expecting a tough battle as the Black Stars launch their bid to reach a third consecutive World Cup.
The 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists open their campaign at home to Lesotho on Friday before taking on Zambia.
â€œIt will be difficult because they will stay back and defend, so we know what to expect,â€ Muntari told BBC Sport.
â€œThe World Cup is an amazing event and every player wants to play in it â€“ I personally want to do it a third time.â€
Only three African teams have ever qualified for three World Cup tournaments in succession: Cameroon (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002), Nigeria (1994, 1998, 2002) and Tunisia (1998, 2002, 2006).
The Italy-based midfielder, who has played in seven of Ghanaâ€™s eight World Cup matches during the 2006 and 2010 finals, is assuming the captaincy in place of John Mensah.