Pompey star Muntari the hero for the hosts

Last updated at 09:39 21 January 2008

Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari was delighted his stunning last-gasp strike earned Ghana a 2-1 victory in the African Nations Cup curtain-raiser against Guinea.

Muntari scored a 25-yard thunderbolt a minute from time to give the hosts the perfect start to the competition and spark wild celebrations in the Ohene Djan Stadium.

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Muntari fires in his late winner for Ghana

Asamoah Gyan had earlier given the Black Stars the lead from the penalty spot following Oumar Kalabane's foul on Nottingham Forest striker Junior Agogo but the advantage was short-lived as Kalabane made amends with a headed equaliser in the 65th minute.

"It feels fantastic," Muntari said of his wonder goal. "It was a very good strike and we managed to win which is most important.

"I got two chances in the game and I couldn't score but then I got that chance so I just shot and lucky for me it went in."

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Muntari celebrates

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien agreed that as the host nation, the stakes are high for Ghana.

"Sure, there was a lot of pressure coming into the game but we managed to do it at the end," he said. "The atmosphere was fantastic. The nation has made it special for us and we are just happy we won."

Ghana: Kingson, Sarpei, Pantsil, Mensah, Addo, Essien,

Kingston, Muntari, Gyan (Baffour 84), Agogo, Quincy (Ayew 75).

Guinea: Kemoko Camara, Bobo Balde, Alseni Camara, Kalabane,

Jabi, Feindouno, Sacko, Sylla (Bah 90), Bangoura,

Correa (Soumah 60), Youla (Karamoko Cisse 60).