FIERY Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan is bristling with confidence even though his team failed to deliver the goods in their opening Group B match against DR Congo at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
Gyan, who missed a gilt-edged chance, now has to fire his team up for Thursday's Afcon runch showdown against early group leaders Mali.
While hot favourites Ghana stuttered to a 2-2 draw against Congo on Sunday, Mali took pole position in the group with a 1-0 win over Niger.
Inspirational skipper Gyan insists his side can still go on to end their 31-year wait for an African title – drawing inspiration from Spain's 2010 World Cup feat.
"Things happen in the game, things have happened to past champions," he told MTNFootball.com after the disappointing draw.
"Talking about Spain – they lost their first game and they came back to win the World Cup (in 2010.
"In tournaments like this these things happen but what we have to do is to go and correct our mistakes and make sure we win our second game."
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says loss of concentration cost the Black Stars an opening win.
Appiah's side threw away a two-goal lead against a Congo outfit, who refused to surrender against their top ranked opponents.
"I have learnt a lot of lessons... you don't need to relax along the line," Appiah said,
"I believe there was some small tactical indiscipline which we will try to address."
Congo coach Claude Le Roy insists Ghana are still favourites to win the Nations Cup.
"They convinced me in the opening game. Ghana and Ivory Coast are both good and that is the reason for the 2-2 draw," Le Roy said.