Black Stars set for Gabon game

16 years ago

Ghana would attempt to scrape a win past Gabon in the third Group 5 game of the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

Ghana would play the Gabonese in Libreville on Saturday in the African zone qualifier; a match considered the team’s toughest of the four qualifiers in June given the history of matches between both sides.

In six meetings, Ghana has three wins while Gabon has won twice.

The last meeting between both teams came in a 1998 World Cup qualifier with pulling a draw through a late equalizer from Abedi Ayew Pele.

However, the Black Stars are more determined to leave Libreville with their third win in the qualifying campaign.

“We need the three points from every game so that is what we will look out for in Gabon,” says Michael Essien.

“I don’t care about the score line so long as we can win then that is great.”

The Black Stars are top of Group 5 following consecutive victories over Libya and Lesotho, bringing to mind the impact they have made in their quest to reach the finals of both tournaments.

But Ghana's win over Lesotho in Bloemfontein last Sunday has been much discussed in recent days, after the Black Stars leading 3-0 allowed in two late goals in injury time.

However, with a full squad to choose from, coach Sellas Tetteh, who was left ruing the lack of concentration during injury time of the game against Lesotho which almost cost Ghana the three points says the team would remain focused throughout the game.

Midfielder, Sulley Muntari would be available for selection after he missed the Lesotho game with a toe injury as Ghana seeks a third straight win in the qualifying series.