By Thomas Freeman, Metro FM Kumasi
Ghana have racked up several memorable matches in the month of October as earlier indicated and the 6-1 demolishing of Egypt will also have much significance in the annals of Ghana football.
The rout on Tuesday is the highest win in Ghana-Egypt encounters – breaking the 48-year, 362 days record, in a game ironically played in another month of October, hence avenging the 5-1 thrashing in Japan on 18th October, 1964.
Ghana handed Egypt their heaviest defeat by an African country in their international football history.
The defeat is Egypt’s first in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, hence halting their six consecutive winning streaks in the qualifiers.
Ghana is still the highest scoring nation on the African continent in the World Cup qualifiers with 24 goals, conceding 4 which is the second fewest goals conceded.
Egypt are now the most scored against team amongst the 10 nations in the play-offs, with 13 goals in their net.
Asamoah Gyan is a goal shy of equaling Ghana’s all time top scoring record after his brace in the Black Stars 6-1 mesmerizing of the Pharaohs.
This record is held by the late Edward Acquah and Kwasi Owusu, with 40 goals each.
The 6-1 victory for Ghana has enabled Bob Bradley, the head coach of Egypt to fail in all his three attempts against Ghana as coach.
2013 in UAE-Friendly Ghana 3-0 Egypt
2010 World Cup in South Africa-Round of 16 Ghana 2-1 USA
No nation has ever overturned a 5 goal margin in the history of the world cup qualifiers, so Ghana will comfortably enter into the second leg against this backdrop.
The magic of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi
This stadium almost qualified Ghana for their maiden World Cup in Germany. It hosted the Black Stars in all their 6 home matches winning 5 and drawing 1 in that series.
Ghana’s 7-0 thrashing of Lesotho in the opening game of the qualifiers at the Baba Yara Stadium is Ghana’s highest win in the history of the World Cup qualifiers.
At club level Asante Kotoko in 1987 after losing 2-0 to Zamalek in Cairo and conceding a goal under six minutes at home in this stadium mounted one of the greatest comebacks in the CAF Champions league history by thrashing Zamalek 5-1 – earning the Super miracle of Kumasi.
Ironically in this game Zamalek substituted their goalkeeper and the same thing happened in Ghana’s 6-1 thrashing of the Pharoahs on Tuesday.
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium has hosted all the 4 World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014, with Ghana winning all the matches and scoring 19 goals at home, which is the highest in the African qualifiers for the World Cup.
Head to head total
After the 6-1 victory for Ghana
These are the memorable October matches
15/10/1962 Malawi 0-12 Ghana Friendly
Ghana’s highest victory in international matches
18/10/1964 Egypt 5-1 Ghana Venue: Japan Olympic Games (CM)
Ghana’s highest defeat in a competitive international game
08/10/2005 Cape Verde Islands 0-4 Ghana Ancq/Wcq
The day Ghana qualified for the World Cup for the very first time.