Ghana seeded in Group 5

14 years ago

Ghana have been drawn in Group 5 for the preliminary qualifiers of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Black Stars would attempt a second successive World Cup appearance with matches against Libya, Gabon and Lesotho when the qualifiers begin in June 2008.

Ghana reached the round-of-16 in the last World Cup, which happened to the Black Stars'debut.

The glittering ceremony in Durban, where the draw was made for some 170 countries was attended by FA Presdient, Kwesi Nyantakyi and Fred Pappoe - Vice President.

Also in attendance were FIFA president Sepp Blatter and South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Former Ghana captain, Abedi Ayew Pele was also present.

The draw heralds the start for places at the 2010 event to be hosted by South Africa.

Twelve group winners and eight best runners-up go through to final qualifying stage where they will be drawn in five groups of four teams. The five group winners qualify for the finals.

South Africa take part in the competition which also serves as the qualifying tournament for the Africa Nations Cup. If South Africa reaches the final stage, its matches will not count towards World Cup qualification.

Thirty-one nations will join hosts South Africa in the 2010 finals.

Africa draw: Group 1: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Mauritius. Group 2: Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya. Group 3: Angola, Benin, Uganda, Niger. Group 4: Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone. Group 5: Ghana, Libya, Gabon, Lesotho. Group 6: Liberia, Algeria, Senegal, Gambia. Group 7: Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar. Group 8: Morocco, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mauritania. Group 9: Brkina Faso, Tunisia, Seychelles. Group 10: Mali, Congo, Sudan, Chad. Group 11: Togo, Eritrea, Zambia, Swaziland. Group 12: Epypt, Congo DR, Malawi, iDjibouti.