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Crowd trouble mars Ghana victory

By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport, Sekondi

Fan carried clear in Sekondi (picture: Ibrahim Sannie)
Injured fans were carried away by supporters (pic: Ibrahim Sannie)
Ghana have progressed to the final round of 2010 World Cup qualifying despite crowd trouble before their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Sekondi.

The 20,000-capacity stadium was already badly overcrowded when fans forced open the main gates, prompting a dangerous stampede.

The stadium doctor, George Gyau, told the BBC that 15 people had been injured but denied local reports that two fans had been killed.

It was the first time the Black Stars had played in Sekondi, prompting massive interest.

Security forces were badly outnumbered and were unable to do anything to stop the rush of fans into the ground.

The match finished with a 3-0 win for the home team thanks to goals from Sulley Muntari, Junior Agogo and Matthew Amoah.

A 1-0 win for Gabon over Libya in Libreville means all three teams finish on 12 points in Group 5, with Ghana topping the table on goal difference.

New coach Milovan Rajevec was delighted to make it through to the third round of qualifying.

"I'm very pleased with the performance today and I'm very happy that we've finished top of the group," he said.

"There's a lot more to be done with this team but we now have until the next phase to put things together."


see also
Appiah wants cautious approach
10 Oct 08 |  African
Group Five goes down to the wire
06 Sep 08 |  African
Stadium security
07 May 06 |  African


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