John Paintsil

Ghana defender John Paintsil is confident Ghana can book their place in the quarter finals at the 2012 Nations Cup with victory over Mali on Saturday.

The right back is expected to captain the Black Stars in the absence of John Mensah who is suspended and believes Ghana can beat Mali despite the struggles against Botswana.

Victory for the Black Stars will not guarantee them passage into the next round because if Guinea beat Botswana three sides can still finish on six points each.

But it would give Ghana a major advantage. “It’s a massive one against Mali. It wouldn’t be easy but we would keep our discipline and keep our heads focused and take one at a time just like we did in the first game (game against Botswana),” Paintsil said.

“We are very confident of making it to the next round and would play to win the next one (against Mali) and see how it goes from there. The reward after every game is the same, its three points, and that’s what we are determined to get.”

Source Kickoff Ghana

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