Asamoah Gyan reminded many again of his immense talent by hitting a brace in Ghana’s 6-1 rout of Egypt in the first leg of the World Cup playoffs.
The Black Stars captain scored after just five minutes to start off what was to be a total annihilation of the record African Cup winners on Tuesday.
The Al Ain ace has been the main tormentor in chief against most of Ghana’s casualties in the qualifying series.
The 26-year-old again showed his class moments after missing a glaring chance in the opening seconds by combining skill and speed to first outwit his marker before gathering the necessary composure – under pressure – to strike a curling shot beyound the outstretched arms of Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy to open the flood gates.
The Black Stars proceeded to doubling their lead with Wael Gomaa mistakenly rushing the ball into his own net after a driving trademark move by Michael Essien.
Just when Egypt thought they had gotten themselves back into the game after Mohammed Aboutrika had halved the deficit with a penalty, Abdul Majeed Waris restored the two-goal lead by scoring with his head again before halftime.
Gyan then started the second half like he did in the first, getting his head onto a miscued Sulley Muntari scissor-kick to increase the already amazing atmosphere in the Baba Yara Stadium.
Subsequent goals by Sulley Muntari and Christian Atsu followed to cap a wonderful display by the Black Stars – inspired by captain Asamoah Gyan.
The experienced striker now joins Egypt’s Mohamed Salah as joint-top scorers in the qualifying series with six goals.