An executive committee member of the Ghana Football Association, Randy Abbey, has cautioned that the Black Stars could suffer an early exit at the World Cup if they fail to beat USA in their opening match.
Kwesi Appiah’s men will take on the Stars and Stripes on June 16 before locking horns with Germany and Portugal in Group G.
The Americans who have already been beaten twice by Ghana at the last two World Cups have vowed to prevent a slew of losses to the Black Stars.
But Abbey told Ghanasoccernet that Ghana’s World Cup dreams would not be realised if the Black Stars fumble against the Yankees.
“The key to our progress in the World Cup is the first game against USA,” he noted.
“I think that the first game against USA is key and will go a long way to determine whether we will progress or not.
“I don’t hope for us to lose that game. It is a game we must win and I am positive minded we will win it.
“We need to win our first game, it is crucial. When we win that game it takes a lot of nerves off.
“It ensures we are a bit more relaxed and it motivates us to go out there and get good results in the other two games.”
The Black Stars are making a third appearance at the World Cup after previously taking part in the 2006 and 2010 editions in Germany and South Africa respectively.