Otto Addo, Ghana’s head coach, insists his team will not seek revenge against Uruguay in a rematch of their 2010 World Cup quarterfinal.
After defeating South Korea 3-2 on Monday, Addo’s team will look to advance to the round of 16 by defeating La Celeste in their final Group H match on Friday.
The game will be heightened by the fact that it comes 12 years after their infamous last-eight meeting in South Africa.
After Diego Forlan had canceled out Sulley Muntari’s earlier goal, Luis Suarez denied Ghana an extra-time winner by handling Dominic Adiyiah’s goalbound header on the line.
Uruguay advanced to the semi-finals after winning 4-2 on penalties after Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty, which was passionately cheered by the expelled Suarez.
Addo, on the other hand, believes that the traumatic memories will not provide additional motivation for the Black Stars, who would have been the first African country to reach the final four.
“I’m a guy who doesn’t think too much in the past when this incident happened,” the coach said. “I’m a strong believer that if you don’t seek revenge, you get even more blessings.
“It’s a different approach, a different team. [Uruguay] have very good strikers, lots of experience. They are very compact, very good. It will be very, very difficult, again.
“We are a team that knows every game will be on the edge, we have to be at our best to beat them. But I’m confident enough to know we can win this game.”