Guinea manager Michel Dussuyer reveals his side will approach their last African Nations Cup Group D tie against Ghana as if it was the final.
Guinea approach Wednesday's must-win game in Franceville (kick-off 6pm GMT) on the back of a 6-1 win over Botswana, level on points with Mali who could also progress to the last eight.
Ghana lead the group with six points ahead of Guinea and Mali with three apiece, with Botswana still in search of their first win in the tournament.
"The game against Ghana will be like the final for us," Dussuyer said.
"They are a very good side and their track record during the Nations Cup and the World Cup (where Ghana reached the quarter-finals) is there to see.
"They are not only tournament favourites but also they have very good players to trouble any team and we have a lot of respect for them.
"We will have to increase our set-up and speed against Ghana and we have to condition ourselves for the challenge.
"We know that high-level teams are going out of the tournament and we do not wish to be one of the casualties.
"We must beat Ghana at all costs and we know that cannot be compromised."
The teams last met in the competition during the 2008 tournament where Ghana won 2-1.
Black Stars assistant coach Kwesi Appiah is confident his side has the quality to make it three wins from three and progress to the knockout stages.
"We haven't got any problems. The only problem we had was missing John Mensah who was out due to injury. (Isaac) Vorsah was also out but hopefully, we hope that for the next game, they would all be ready to join the team," Appiah said.
"Apart from that we don't have any problems and everything is cool in camp."