October 11, 2008 / 5:43 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer-Gabon beat Libya to keep World Cup hopes alive

LIBREVILLE, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Gabon earned a 1-0 win over Libya on Saturday to keep their World Cup qualifying hopes alive and end the dreams of their visitors.

Bruno Mbanangoye’s goal 13 minutes from time ensured Gabon finished runners-up on goal difference in the African zone Group Five standings behind Ghana, who beat Lesotho 3-0 in Sekondi.

Gabon are likely to go through as one of the eight best runners-up but must wait until the end of the weekend’s programme of qualifiers before their progress is confirmed.

Libya, who needed a draw to win the group and secure a place in next year’s final phase of African qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, dropped from first place to third.

All three sides have 12 points but Ghana go through to the next round with a goal difference of plus six while Gabon are second on plus five and Libya finished with plus three.

Writing by Mark Gleeson in Johannesburg, editing by Ken Ferris

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