Andre Ayew: Ghana are fired up for Zambia clash

The Marseille midfielder is keen to get stuck into the Black Stars' 2012 Afcon encounter against the Chipolopolo
Andre Ayew says Ghana are fired up for their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final meeting against Zambia and claims the Black Stars will put in another battling display on Wednesday.

The 22-year old has played a key role for Ghana at the tournament so far and says the side must put in another solid shift if they are to get past Zambia into their second successive Nations Cup final.

Ayew who is one of five players in the Ghana side who lost the final against Egypt two years ago, and while the Ghana team are desperate to make up for the failing from two years ago, he says it is important to focus on the first things first.

"We are not thinking of the final before Zambia comes before that and we must beat Zambia to play in that. At this moment all are thinking of is a very good Zambia team who have won a lot of respect here from the way they have played," he told

"We know it will be difficult. They have had a day's rest more than us and we have had to travel over but on the field we will make sure it will not matter. We have to battle and fight for every ball as we have done throughout the tournament. If we work as hard as have then hopefully we will play in the final."

Ghana will be looking to reach their second straight Nations Cup final, something they have not achieved since playing in four successive finals in 1963, 1965, 1968 and 1970.