Equatorial Guinea coach Henri Michel says each game for his team at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations will be "like trying to climb Mount Everest".
The Nzalang Nacional, who are co-hosts of the tournament with Gabon, are ranked 155th in the world and have never been to a Nations Cup before.
They are in Group A of the finals and will play Libya, Senegal and Zambia.
"All the teams in the competition are better than us," the coach said after Saturday's draw in Malabo.
But the Frenchman said that both the squad and himself would try their hardest to give a good account of themselves.
Michel left his job earlier this month in a dispute over team selection, only to return a week later after the departure of the country's Secretary of State for Sport.
"When I resigned it was for a reason - because no-one wanted to help the national team," Michel said.
"I've been asking since January for Equato-Guineans to support us but at the moment it's not the case.
"No one is making any effort to help the national team - but then they will ask us to get results.
"I'm saying that it's not possible so we're going to do our best, with everything that we have."
They will play the opening game of the tournament against Libya on 21 January in Bata, on the African mainland.
A Bata clash against Senegal follows four days later, before the co-hosts finish their Group A campaign with a match against Zambia in the capital Malabo on 29 January.