Ex-Zambia international Kalusha Bwalya has urged Ghana to avoid sending negative signal by losing to Portugal in their 2022 FIFA World Cup group opener on Thursday.
Black Stars, who are the lowest-ranked team at the tournament have been drawn in Group H alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.
Ghana will take on Portugal in their first game at Stadium 974 (Rass Abou Aboud) before playing South Korea and Uruguay on November 28 and December 2 respectively.
“Because it is only three games, the first game is very important in a tournament,” the 59-year-old SuperSport TV.
“If you lose the first game, then the hand breaks are out and you expose yourself, and you go into the next game, you risk everything and then you are back on your way home.”
The 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place between November 20 and December 18, 2022.
Only three sides from the continent have ever progressed to the quarter-finals; Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010.
Ghana will be hoping to progress from the group stage at this year’s tournament.
Black Stars exited the group stage at the 2014 edition in Brazil after a slow start to the tournament.