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Ghana first African country to qualify for the FIFA World 2010
For the first time after 40 years, Ghana succeeded to qualify for the World Cup quarter finals. The Black Stars have moved nine places in the latest FIFA ranking after an impressive World Cup campaign.
Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela has entertained the Ghana team in his Johannesburg home the day after their dramatic 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Black Stars’ run to the last eight captured the hearts of the African people in the first global showpiece to be held on the continent.
Just like 47 other African countries, Ghana began their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification from the Second Round. Together with eleven other strong teams, the Black Stars were seeded in Pot A before the real start of the qualifiers. Following the draw which happened in the South African city of Durban, Ghana arrived in Group 5 alongside Gabon, Libya, and Lesotho. As a result of the low threats posed against the Black Stars, many were expecting the former Africa Cup of Nations hosts to progress into the next round with ease Somehow, the Ghanaians lived up to expectations, and they quickly proved it by defeating the Libyans 3-0 in their first 2010 World Cup qualifier. Later on, a tiresome trip to Lesotho could only give the Black Stars a debatable 3-2 victory, before a disappointing form from the 2006 World Cup participants saw those losing 2-0 in their next game away to Gabon. Anyway, a final and crushing 3-0 win over minnows Lesotho for the Ghanaians was the perfect score line to seal their qualification into the 2010 World Cup qualifying Third Round (CAF zone), as their quest for a place in the finals still went on.