On this day 30 May 1999 (Exactly 20 years ago) Ghana’s Black Starlets beat Burkina Faso 3-1 to win the Africa Under- 17 title for the second time at the Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry.
Kobi Mensah (12)
Nathaniel Lamptey (33)
Bernard Bortey (43)
On this day 30 May 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago) USM Alger sent Kumasi Asante Kotoko tumbling out of the CAF Champions League on penalties at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi .
Kotoko scored two goals during regulation time to bring the scores to two-all on aggregate with USM winning the first leg encounter 2-0 in Algiers two weeks earlier .
Some of the teeming Kotoko supporters who filled the stadium to capacity were rooted to their seats at the end of the penalty shoot out finding it difficult to fathom why their idol club always let them down in crucial matches.
Those who broke the hearts of Kotoko during the penalty shoot out were substitute Michael Ofosu-Appiah and petit Stephen Oduro who had endeared himself to the supporters in the game. Ofosu-Appiah shot feebly into the hands of USMA goalkeeper Abdouni Merouane and was followed by Oduro who also shot into the hands of the goalkeeper from the same posture taken by Ofosu-Appiah with only Charles Taylor scoring from his kick.
USM Alger on the other hand scored all their four kicks taken by Zeghdoud Mounir, Ouichaoi Moncef, Handoud Mohamed and Diallo Mamadou
Nana Arhin Duah (5)
Yusif Chibsah (81)
On this day 30 May 2007 (Exactly 12 years ago) Portsmouth Football Club announced their third acquisition of the summer with a new club record signing in the form of Ghanaian international Sulley Muntari for a club record fee, believed to be around £7.1 million, signing a five-year contract.
Pompey manager Harry Redknapp said of Muntari: “I first saw him at the World Cup against Brazil and he was the best player on the pitch. I’ve watched him three times since and he has been very impressive.
“We tried to get him in the last two transfer windows but Udinese didn’t want to sell so we are delighted he’s finally coming to Fratton Park. He’s got a great left-foot and has great energy with the ability to run all day and, he’s a good passer of the ball too. Ghana have one of the best midfields in the world and he’s a regular fixture in their side. He’s a player with a big future.”
Muntari said: “Portsmouth is a fantastic club with class players such as Pedro Mendes, Sol Campbell, David James and Kanu and a great manager in Harry Redknapp, who is also a great man. I have been a Pompey supporter ever since they first wanted me a year ago and I’ve watched as many games as I could. The fans are great and they really love their football. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them and helping the club make a push for European competition.”
Pompey’s previous record transfer fee was the £4.4m paid to Auxerre for Benjani Mwaruwari in January 2006.
On this day 30 May 2015 (Exactly 4 years ago) Former IBF Bantamweight champion of the world, Joseph Agbeko TKO Juanito Rubillar of the Philippines in round 4 at the El Paso County Coliseum, EL Paso, Texas, USA.
This was his first return to the ring in 17 months.
Agbeko cut Rubillar over the left eye in the second round and continued to use good angles, good combinations to finish off his opponent.
The fight was stopped at 1:31 in the fourth round as the cut continued to get worse.
“It took me a few rounds to get warmed up,” Agbeko said. “But this is my best comeback.”
On this day 30 May 1957 (Exactly 62 years ago) Real Madrid beat Fiorentina 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid to win their second European Cup, after goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Francisco Gento in the second half.
It was the first of four finals (also counting the Champions League era, followed by the 1965, 1984 and 2012 finals) where one of the teams played in its home stadium, and also the first final when the winning team played at their home stadium.
On this day 30 May 1973 (Exactly 46 years ago) Ajax of the Netherlands defeated Juventus of Italy 1–0 in Belgrade to win their third European Cup . A goal from Johnny Rep four minutes into the match was enough for Ajax to claim their third consecutive European Cup. This victory meant that Ajax had earned the privilege of keeping the trophy permanently. Juventus, however, got revenge 23 years later beating Ajax in the 1996 final in Rome.
On this day 30 May 1979 (Exactly 40 years ago) Nottingham Forest of England defeated Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0 at the Olympic Stadium in Munich to win the 23rd edition of the European Cup.
The win represented a third successive victory for an English side in the European Cup after Liverpool’s victories in 1977 and 1978.
On this day 30 May 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago) Liverpool beat Roma on penalties at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to win the European Cup.
Liverpool took the lead in the first half when Phil Neal scored, but Roma equalised before half-time through Roberto Pruzzo. With the scores level at 1–1 through full-time and extra-time, the match went to a penalty shoot-out. Liverpool won the shoot-out 4–2 to claim their fourth European Cup.
On this day 30 May 2009 (Exactly 10 years ago) Chelsea recovered from conceding the fastest goal in FA Cup final history to beat Everton 2-1 and win the trophy for the fifth time.
Louis Saha had put Everton 1-0 ahead after just 25 seconds at Wembley, but Didier Drogba equalised in the 21st minute and Frank Lampard struck the winner 18 minutes from the end.
On this day 30 May 2015 (Exactly 4 years ago) Arsenal became the most successful club in FA Cup history as they outclassed Aston Villa at Wembley to earn Arsene Wenger a record-equalling sixth triumph.
The Gunners retained the trophy they won against Hull City a year ago to put Wenger’s total of wins alongside George Ramsay – who previously stood alone with the record for his victories with Villa between 1887 and 1920.
Arsenal’s 12th final victory was never in doubt as they dominated with a magnificent display, the only surprise being that it took until five minutes before half-time for their control to be rewarded with Theo Walcott’s goal.
Alexis Sanchez confirmed that superiority with one of the great FA Cup final goals shortly after the restart – a swerving, dipping 25-yard thunderbolt that flew high past startled Villa keeper Shay Given.
Villa were a shadow of the side that performed so impressively to beat Liverpool at Wembley in the semi-final, their flaws exposed ruthlessly as Per Mertesacker took advantage of an embarrassing lack of marking to head the third.
Substitute Olivier Giroud’s fourth in the final moments only completed what was a harrowing day for Tim Sherwood’s side, who had travelled to Wembley high on optimism and expectation after an impressive run to the final.
On this day 30 May 1987 (Exactly 32 years ago) Mike Tyson TKO Pinklon Thomas in round 6 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester Nevada, U.S; retained his WBA and WBC heavyweight titles
On this day 30 May 1987 (Exactly 30 years ago) Tony Tucker TKO Buster Douglas in round 10 for vacant IBF heavyweight title at the Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
On this day 30 May 1953 (Exactly 66 years ago) 7- time Grand Slam singles champion, Ken Rosewall of Australia won his 2nd Grand Slam title, beating American Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the French Open final
On this day 30 May 1964 (Exactly 55 years ago) Margaret Court of Australia, who won a record 24- major singles titles , won her second French Open singles crown; beating Maria Bueno of Brazil 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
STORY: GEORGE MAHAMAH