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Gift of the Gab

Filed: Sunday, 22nd June 2008
By: Staff Writer

John Paintsil's Ghana secured a vital win in Accra against Gabon to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

The Black Stars - featuring the Hammer, who played a full 90 minutes - won 2-0 thanks to goals from Al-Ittifaq's Prince Tagoe and Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari last night to return to the top of their Group Five qualifying group.

The win leaves Ghana neck and neck with Libya on nine points from four games. It was an important result for the Stars, who had been surprisingly beaten 2-0 by the same opponents eight days earlier in the return fixture.

Ghana's final two group games come against Libya (a) in September and Lesotho (h) in October. The first of those is likely to decide who qualifies from the group for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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