Influential midfielder Sulley Muntari says Ghana want to push on at the World Cup and do Africa proud.
African sides were predicted to do well at this summer's tournament with the World Cup being held on the continent for the first time.
But - barring Ivory Coast overturning a massive goal deficit on Friday - Ghana will be the only representatives from the continent to make it through to the last 16, where they face USA in Rustenburg on Saturday night.
Muntari told Sky Sports News: "It is very important (to have made it through to the knockout phase) because we are hosting this tournament in Africa which makes it very special so it is very, very important for us to do well."
He agreed the Black Stars had the hopes of the continent now on their shoulders, although this was not a burden.
"Exactly as I said earlier we are the only African team going through, definitely yes, we have the full support of the continent and we are very happy with that and we want to do well for ourselves and for the continent too."
Asked how he felt to be facing USA in Rustenburg and not England, he replied: "England is peaking now, they won their last game, they are a very good side but we are facing USA which is totally different and they are very good, very physical so it is going to be a tough game but we will try our best to win so we make our people happy."
He rejected the idea that Ghana are the favourites for the USA clash, saying: "No, as I said earlier, these guys are good so we just have to be careful and play our game."
Muntari has had some strapping on his leg but said he was fit.
"I am getting fit gradually so I hope to give my contribution," he said, adding the most important thing is the team as a whole to do well.
Muntari was reprimanded by the Ghana FA but was not sent home after he reacted angrily after his side's 1-1 draw with Australia and had a bust-up with coach Milovan Rajevac.
"We had a meeting because he wasn't happy with certain things because after the game against Australia definitely we were supposed to win the game but couldn't so there was a little bit of frustration in the changing room but all went well.
"So as you saw yesterday he let me play so everything is cool in the camp, our morale, everything is great, we are happy and we want to do well."