Ghana regain top spot in Group 5

16 years ago

Ghana has reclaimed the top spot in Group 5 in the African zone qualifiers of the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup after beating Gabon at home on Sunday.

The Black Stars strode to deserving 2-0 win over Gabon that sees them return to the top of Group 5, which was occupied by Libya on Saturday by a by a superior goal difference.

Goals from Prince Tagoe in the first half and another in the second period of the game by Sulley Muntari sealed victory over the Gabonese at the Ohene Djan Stadium.

The victory saw Ghana bounce back from the away loss to Gabon last week and head into September’s meeting against Libya in Tripoli as leaders of Group 5.

Just some 8 minutes into the match and Ghana survived an injury scare after Issah Ahmed, returning to the team since 2006, went off to receive treatment by medical team on the Black Stars bench.

A strong start to the game saw Ghana coming close on a number of occasions before Prince Tagoe hit the up-right in the 17th minute after a pass was laid on for him by Junior Agogo.

Sulley Muntari and Junior Agogo both came close but their efforts could not break the deadlock.

Gabon tested Ghana’s goalkeeper, Richard Kingson, who managed to push out a close range shot by Rogur Meye.

Then in the 30th minute, Prince Tagoe flicked the ball with his head, turned and shrugged off a challenge from two markers, made his way into the box after leaving his markers trailing and with the Gabonese goalkeeper, Didier Ovono committed, he poked the ball into the post – his second goal in the qualifiers and also for the Black Stars.

The tough tackles by the Gabonese saw referee Damon Jerome hand the yellow card to Stephane Nguema and Thierry Issiemou in the first half.

Ten minutes later, Ghana had a goal disallowed for an offside after a 25 yard drive by Anthony Annan deflected off Junior Agogo into the post to end the first half 1-0 for Ghana.