On this day, 6 July 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago), a Jimmy Gatete goal against Ghana after fifty-three minutes of play qualified Rwanda for their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.
The victory over Ghana, four times African champions means the Black Stars failed to qualify for the biennial African football event for the first time since 1990
The athletic Rwandans dominated play and snuffed Ghana out in midfield for much of the ninety minutes. And once Gatete scored the goal, they were content to just sit back and defend as Ghana desperately sought the equalizer.
With the Black Stars pouring forward in search of the vital equalizer that would have sent them to the Nation’s Cup instead, Rwanda even created several scoring opportunities but were denied by superb goalkeeping from George Owu.
At the blast of the final whistle, the noise level in the stadium grew as the East African country celebrated the historic victory.
On this day, 6 July 1990 (Exactly 29 years ago), former WBO Bantamweight champion Alfred Kotey defeated Danny Porter of Great Britain for the Commonwealth Flyweight title at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom.
On this day, 6 July 2010 (Exactly 7 years ago), The Netherlands’ Arjen Robben scored the 2,200th FIFA World Cup goal playing against Uruguay in the first semi-final match of the tournament played in Cape Town, South Africa.
Netherlands 3-2 Uruguay
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (18)
Wesley Sneider (70)
Arjen Robben (73)
Diego Forlan (41)
Maximiliano Pereira (90+2)
*Some Selected Wimbledon Finals On This Day Including Federer’s First Grand Slam and Serena’s First Wimbledon Title *
On this day, 6 July 2003 (Exactly 16 years ago), Roger Federer produced a tennis masterclass to claim his first Grand Slam title with a demolishing of Mark Philippoussis .
Federer put in a near faultless display as he won 7-6(7/5), 6-2, 7-6(7/3), and dispelled any doubts about his ability to perform on the big stage.
On this day, 6 July 2002 (Exactly 17 years ago), Serena Williams beat older sister Venus 7-6, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title
On this day, 6 July 2008 (Exactly 11 years ago), Rafael Nadal held off an incredible fightback from Roger Federer to win his first Wimbledon title and ended the Swiss star’s reign at the All England Club.
The Spaniard missed two championship points in the fourth set but recovered to win a dramatic rain-interrupted match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(8-10), 9-7.
The final shot was struck in near darkness in Centre Court at 20:15.
Nadal, then 22, became first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles back -to-back.
On this day, 6 July 2014 (Exactly 5 years ago), Novak Đoković beat Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to regain his world number one ranking.
On this day, 6 July 1887 (Exactly 132 years ago), Lottie Dod became the youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beat Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0.
On this day, 6 July 1957 (Exactly 62 years ago), Althea Gibson became the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
On this day, 6 July 1979 (Exactly 40 years ago), 18 times Grand Slam singles champion, Martina Navratilova successfully defended her Wimbledon title beating fellow 18-time Grand champion Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4.
On this day, 6 July 1985 (Exactly 34 years ago), Martina Navratilova beat Chris Evert Lloyd 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title
On this day, 6 July 1986 (Exactly 33 years ago), Germany’s Boris Becker successfully defended his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in the 100th Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Final.
STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH