The Black Stars play their first match after the World Cup when they host Uganda at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, on Saturday with the midfielder convinced a slip of any nature will be disastrous to their campaign.
Rabiu told Cafonline.com that "we appreciate the magnitude of work ahead bearing in mind that it is our first match after the World Cup. Things did not go well as expected in Brazil and we know we must make amends at all cost.
"Besides, it is also the beginning of an important journey; one that takes us to the biggest competition on the continent and we cannot afford a slip of any form."
"Uganda is one of the respected teams on the continent. They have a pedigree and it is smart of any opposition to respect them.
"It is good to start the campaign with such a strong side because it challenges us more. What we should seek to do is dig deep and be sure to start with a comfortable result.
"Many might have been disappointed with our outing at the World Cup and also expect so much from us. We firmly appreciate the importance of these qualifiers and nothing should stop us from fighting for it."
The last meeting between the two sides was in September 2005 in World Cup qualifier which the Stars won 2-0 also in Kumasi to move to the brink of qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Mohammed is looking to participate with the Black Stars in Morocco in what would be his second appearance at that level. He made his debut the Africa Cup pf Nations in 2013 in South Africa where Ghana finished fourth.