Ghana Black Stars captain Andre Ayew says he and his charges will not go into the world cup game against Uruguay with vengeance.
The South Americans denied Ghana a historic semi finals berth at the 2010 Mundial in South Africa after stopping an injury time Dominic Adiyiah goal bound header with his hand.
The two nations are in the same group for the impending World cup in Qatar and Ayew says they are not in for revenge.
“As team leader, I don’t believe we should view this game as revenge. Instead, we must be smart enough to recognise that it is a match we need points from,” he told Al Jazeera.
“We can’t ignore history, but what Luis Suarez [Uruguay footballer] did is something I could have done in the same situation [used his hand to stop a goal-bound shot in 2010]. It hurt us all. But that’s part of football and it happened years ago.”
“We just want to win against Uruguay after everything that has been said in the media. As a player, if you go into a game with the intent of retaliation, you can make a lot of mistakes and be hyper. We just need to stay calm, follow the plan and try to win the game, or do whatever we can to advance to the next stage.” He added.
Ghana will face Uruguay in the last Group H game on December 2.