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Libya take command of Group Five

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Libya are seeking to reach the second phase of the qualifiers

Libya took control of Group Five of the 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers on Friday after a resounding 4-0 win over a desperately poor Lesotho outfit.

The victory in Tripoli moved the north Africans three points clear of top seeds Ghana after completing a double over their opponents from southern Africa.

Osama Salah got Libya off to a perfect start with a fourth-minute goal after taking advantage of a defensive slip-up.

The 'Greens' scored thrice in the second half to complete the rout of the Group Five strugglers.

Defenders Omar Dawood and Younis al-Shibani were among the second-half marksmen for the home side.

Midfielder Hesham Shaban completed the scoring nine minutes from full-time at the 60,000-seat National Stadium in the Libyan capital city.

The Greens have nine points from four matches while 2006 World Cup finalists Ghana have six from three games.

The Black Stars meet Gabon at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra on Sunday seeking revenge for a shock 2-0 loss last weekend.

see also
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
14 Jun 08 |  African
Black Stars downed but Libya win
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