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13.06.2008 Football News

Not again Stars!…As Gabon host Ghana in Nations/World Cup qualifier

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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If the maxim “Once bitten, twice shy” is anything to go by, then Ghana's Black Stars should have no choice than to hold fast to the saying when they cross swords with Gabon's Azingo Nationale tomorrow, in Libreville.

Having allowed complacency to rob them of a big result against Lesotho six days ago in South Africa, the Stars are expected to thread cautiously in tomorrow's qualifier. Sulley Muntari's return will no doubt hand stand in Coach, Sellas Tetteh more options to maintain his winning streak.

Last Sunday's error which resulted in the late goals have served as a blessing in disguise for the Ghanaians, who appear 'repentant' to make amends to consolidate their lead on the Group 5 table after fetching six points in two games.

But realizing that dream seems gargantuan considering the fact that the Gabonese will be riding on the wings of their fanatic home crowd to claw all the three points, having lost to Libya barely a week ago, in Tripoli.

Notwithstanding their hanker to go past their visitors, the Stars' technical as well as the playing body appear purposed to prove a point after subjecting the entire Ghanaian football fraternity to an emotional trauma, although they grabbed all the points at stake.

For coach Tetteh and his able lieutenant, Kwasi Appiah, finishing their caretaking assignment without blemish is enough motivation to return home with a respectable score line.

Short saver George Owu, has proven to be a good away performer, and if he gains first shirt, then skipper John Mensah, Eric Addo, Harrison Afful and John Paintsil are expected to esteem vigilance to avoid any complacency.

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