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Ghana Black Stars in departure lounge for Brazil 2014…

Ghana hammer six past Egypt in Kumasi to all but guarantee their place at next years World Cup

 

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Two goals from Asamoah Gyan helped the black stars to a historic 6-1 victory over Egypt in Kumasi to have fans all but booking their tickets for Brazil. The drubbing was the first time Egypt had conceded six goals in a match in thirty to years. It was a game that Ghana needed to get a positive result to set them up for the second leg but even the most optimistic Ghanaian could not have predicted such a thrashing.

There had been tension during the build-up to the game because Ghana had written to Fifa asking for the 16 November second leg to be switched from the Egyptian capital Cairo because of safety fears. Thus Ghana wanted to get off to a good start and boy did they.Gyan had a clear chance to put the hosts ahead inside 20 seconds but he hit his shot straight at Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy from 12 yards out.

However Black Stars skipper had only a few minutes to dwell on his miss as Abdul Waris touched on Michael Essien’s pass and the former Sunderland striker turned with pace and struck a smart low shot into the far left bottom corner. A second goal looked inevitable and it came after Essien left two defenders on the floor during a mazy run and, just as the Chelsea man appeared to have tried too much, the ball ricocheted off Gomaa into the Egyptian skipper’s own net. At this point the Egyptians looked stunned and needed something and it did when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Mohammed Slaeh by  Rashid Sumaila.  The experienced Aboutrika took the penalty and sent Ghanaian keeper Fatawu Dauda the wrong way to make it 2-1. However Waris restored Ghana’s two-goal advantage on 44 minutes, heading in Muntari’s
cross.

Eight minutes after the interval, things got even worse for Egypt when they failed to clear a corner and Muntari’s bicycle kick attempt bounced up nicely for Gyan to nod in Ghana’s fourth goal. Shortly after the speedy Waris burst through on goal and was upended in the penalty area by
keeper Ahmed Elshenawi, who had come on for the injured Ekramy. Sulley Muntari made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick. Egypt’s misery was complete when substitute Christian Atsu drove in a fizzing shot from the edge of the box to send the Kumasi crowd into more celebrations.

Make no mistake this was a momentous result against a good experienced side who were the only team on the continent to remain unbeaten in qualifying. The result will go some way in silencing coach Kwesi Appiah’s critics who believe he is not up to the job.

If or should I say when Ghana make it to Brazil they will be only the fourth African side to qualify for three consecutive World Cup finals.

In the Black Stars we trust

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)