Ghana captain Stephen Appiah says that he is confident that he will be at the 2010 World Cup finals to lead his country to success.
Appiah has been plagued by injury over the past two years, but was a key figure for the Black Stars in Germany 2006, when they reached the Second Round having swept past established sides like Czech Republic and the United States.
After sealing a January move to Italian side Bologna, Appiah (nicknamed 'The Tornado') is sure he will be in the frame to make a similar impact in South Africa, despite having yet to make his debut appearance for his new side.
"I am very determined to break into the first team,'' he told Soccer Week. ''This is an opportunity I wouldn't want to miss. Ask 10 out of 11 players and they will tell you how important the World Cup or any major tournament is to their career.
"This is the finest gathering of those who call the shots in the game. I see myself as a big shot and would be a big loss if I don't make it into Milovan's team. For those who think I am finished, they should just be on the lookout. South Africa will prove why I am still the Tornado."
With the Ghana side impressing in their first ever World Cup in Germany, Appiah now wants the team to build on their debut campaign.
"This is our second outing and we are keen on doing better than we did in Germany,'' he said. ''Four years ago, people said we were fantastic but I don't know what they will say this time around. Maybe stupendous or something! I don't know. I am looking forward to our first match against Serbia and so are the other guys.
"I have talked to (Michael) Essien and (Sulley) Muntari and both tell me they are going to have a feast of sorts. The young ones are also keen on making statements for themselves. That commitment and zeal to die for the nation alone should tell you how important and serious all of us are taking this World Cup."