Pantsil enjoying Ghana experience

John Pantsil has been speaking about Ghana's progress to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The defender, who headed off to the finals earlier this month after an impressive run of form for West Ham United, has played in all three Group A games as the host nation comfortably won through to a last-eight meeting against Nigeria next Sunday. "As we all know, the team is getting better gradually," Pantsil told the Ghana FA website.

"Each game the team improves, so we have to keep our heads up and continue training hard and keeping the team spirit high. We are ready for any team which will come our way and we will beat any team that comes." Pantsil has also overcome the dizziness which he suffered immediately after the 2-1 opening day win against Guinea and led to hospital tests.

Despite their perfect progress, as hosts of the 16-nation tournament, the Black Stars have been under pressure to add flair to their play, especially after a gritty 1-0 win against Namibia last Thursday. They more than did that on Monday with an impressive 2-0 success against Morocco, and Pantsil said the players were doing their all to keep the supporters on side.

"Everyone is a professional and we know what we have to do on the pitch. In terms of football, things happen like that sometimes. We are happy that we've got the fans back. They want us to do more but we've promised them that we would make it. We are going to make them happy."