On this day, 9 June 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago), AshantiGold thrashed defending league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko 4-1 in their crunch Zone A League match played at the Len Clay Stadium which sent the entire Obuasi township into unrestrained joy.
Two glorious goals from Cameroonian import Valentine Atem and one each by diminutive Ofosu Amoah and substitute Awudu Ronaldo made victory certain for AshantiGold.
Ironically, it was Kotoko, which drew the first blood from an Aziz Ansah’s well-taken spot kick after he had been brought down by Tony Baffoe in the 23rd minute.
But the Miners cancelled the lead before half time on 43rd minute also through a penalty kick by Atem.
After recess, Amoah took on the seemingly hypnotized Kotoko defenders- believed to have been caused by some rituals performed by a lame man in the goal post of Kotoko during the break – to increase the score line to two in the 62nd minute.
Kotoko’s woes were later worsened in the game when Aflao-based referee Frank Fudzi red-carded Kotoko’s midfielder Yusif Chibsah for a reckless tackle.
Amoah who was a torn in the flesh of the Kotoko defence nearly scored his personal second but George Owu parried his curling shot. Owu who was being fielded for the first time after recovering from injury put up some dramatic saves especially in the 78th minute when he pushed Shaibu Yakubu’s terrific drive to corner.
Substitute Ronaldo who came on for George Eranio in the 66th minute made it three when he beautifully completed a two-man move between Atem and Shaibu.
Atem was on hand to complete the demolishing exercise after going through a forest of legs before beating helpless Owu.
On this day 9 June 2014 (Exactly 5 years ago) Jordan Ayew scored his first hat-trick for Ghana as the Black Stars thumped South Korea 4-0 in the final warm up game ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Even as a substitute for injured Majeed Waris, the -then Socheax striker had his first shot deflected into the post before adding two goals late on in the second half.
Captain Asamoah Gyan continued his superb scoring form against the Asian side with a cheeky pass into the yawning net after running almost 10 yards.
Ghana 4-0 Korea Republic
Jordan Ayew 11
Asamoah Gyan 44
Jordan Ayew 53
Jordan Ayew 89
Referee David Gantar
Venue Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Ghana Line-up : Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Kevin-Prince Boateng (Christian Atsu 56), Sulley Muntari. (Emmanuel Agyemang -Badu 59),Mohammed Rabiu (Afriyie Acquah 59), André Ayew (Albert Adomah 74), Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan (Mubarak Wakasu 64), Majeed Waris (Jordan Ayew 6).
On this day, 9 June 1938 (Exactly 81 years ago), Ernst Lörtscher of Switzerland became the first player to score an own goal in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
This distinction occurred during Switzerland’s 4-2 replay match victory against Nazi Germany at the Parc des Princess in Paris, France.
On this day, 9 June 1978 (Exactly 41 years ago), Larry Holmes beat Ken Norton after 15 rounds by split decision at the Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. for the WBC heavyweight boxing title.
On this day, 9 June 1899 (Exactly 120 years ago), former world heavyweight champion, American James J. Jeffries KO Bob Fitzsimmons in round 11 at the Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, United States for the heavyweight boxing title.
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On this day 9 June 2013 (Exactly 6 years ago) Rafael Nadal coped with an on-court intruder and the Paris rain to beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title; first man to win same Grand Slam title 8 times
Nadal, then 27, came through 6-3 6-2 6-3 to reaffirm his dominance on clay, and further elevate himself among the greats of the sport.
“I’m very happy, very emotional,” he said. “It’s a very important victory for me”.
On this day 9 June 2018 (Exactly a year ago) Former world number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final.
Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros.
But the then 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion.
She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.
On this day 9 June 1968 (Exactly 51 years ago) In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall beat Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 in the first final of the Open Era allowing professional players to compete
On this day 9 June 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago) 18-times Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova beat fellow 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1; became the 2nd women in Open Era to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at once
On this day 9 June 1985 (Exactly 34 years ago) Sweden’s Mats Wilander won his 4th career Grand Slam title after beating Czech star Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 at the Roland Garros final
On this day 9 June 1990 (Exactly 29 years ago) Monica Seles of Yugoslavia won her first Grand Slam singles title; beat world number one Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4
On this day 9 June 1991 (Exactly 28 years ago) Jim Courier won his first career Grand Slam title; beat fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
“I certainly didn’t expect to win; I’d never been past the fourth round of a major until that tournament, so it was a big leap,” Courier said. “Even getting to the semifinals was a big leap. It was a real learning process, and I was lucky to have someone in Joe(his coach) who had steered a novice through those pearly gates a couple years earlier, so that was massive to have on my side.”
On this day 9 June 1996 (Exactly 23 years ago) Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia won his first Grand Slam title.
Yevgeni Kafelnikov routed Germany’s Michael Stich, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), to win the 1996 French Open men’s title, becoming the first Russian to win a Grand Slam.
On this day, 9 June 2001 (Exactly 18 years ago) American Jennifer Capriati won her first French Open title and second major title; after a thrilling final-set decider against Kim Clijsters at Roland Garros(1-6, 6-4, 12-10)
Capriati won an enthralling and exhausting third set – the longest in terms of games in the history of French Open women’s finals – with a forehand on her second match point to extend her fairytale comeback after winning the Australian Open earlier that year.
On this day 9 June 2002 (Exactly 17 years ago) In an all-Spanish final Albert Costa claimed his first Grand Slam title with a comprehensive four-set victory over Spanish compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in the French Open final( 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3)
On this day 9 June 2007 (Exactly 12 years ago) Justine Henin strolled to her third consecutive French Open title dominating Serbian teenager Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-2 in just over one hour in Paris.
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