Former Ghanaian international CK Akonnor has urged the Black Stars to defeat Egypt in the crucial World Cup qualifier.

Ghana is expected to cause an upset over their counterparts to boost their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Black Stars opened camp on Monday in Dubai to prepare for the big game at the El Borge Arabi Stadium in Alexandria.

CK Akonnor is backing Coach Avram Grant and his team to overcome a determined Egyptian side on Sunday.

“Though we’ll be missing the services of Gyan, I think the players invited can record a decent result in Egypt," Akonnor said, as reported by Football Ghana.

“I’ll urge every Ghanaian to pray for the team and I know [addition to their] support, the boys can make us proud.

"In a match like this, you’ll need your big guns but this is the situation we find ourselves in now and we must cope with it and fight on.

“With the two [new] boys [Andy Yiadom and Alhassan Wakaso], I don’t have much to say about them because I don’t really know them, but I’ve been made aware that they’re good and have been playing regular football for their respective clubs.

“Let’s just hope [more] injuries do not set in before the game.”

Ghana failed to pick maximum points at home after drawing goalless with Uganda at the Tamale Stadium.

Egypt on the other hand recorded a vital 2-1 away win over Congo in their opening game to go top of the Group.