Ghana defender John Mensah has warned against those who think African nations have a World Cup advantage because the tournament is being held in the continent.
Mensah who featured in 16 games for Sunderland during an injury-ravaged loan spell in the Premier League says that Ghana must determine their own fate.
"I'm glad to play in it as it's the first time the World Cup has come to Africa," the Lyon defender told The Journal newspaper.
"But just because it's in Africa doesn't mean an African team is going to win it.
"We don't need to think that because it's in Africa we'll have things our own way. We need to determine that ourselves."
Ghana also need to overcome the loss of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to qualify from a tough Group D which features Serbia, Germany and Australia.
The Black Stars open their campaign against the Serbs on Sunday.