John Pantsil signed off for the season on a high note as Ghana won 2-0 against Gabon on Sunday night to stay firmly on track in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
Goals from Prince Tagoe and Sulley Muntari were enough for the Black Stars to finish the 2007/08 campaign positively and moved them moved back to the top of African zone Group 5 with two matches to play. The West Ham United full-back played his fourth consecutive full 90 minutes this month in the Accra contest and will be confident he and his team-mates will go on to reach the second qualifying stage from the four-nation section.
Ghana and Libya both have nine points, Gabon have three and Lesotho none - although the bottom two countries have three games left apiece. Pantsil will now get a well-deserved international break until his country take on Libya on 5 September in a potentially decisive fixture in Tripoli. Ghana then conclude the first qualifying stage at home to Lesotho on 12 October. Pantsil was a part of the squad that reached the second round of the 2006 World Cup and they are ultimately expected to be among the five African nations that will join hosts South Africa at the 2010 finals.