On this day, 31 August 1969 (Exactly 50 years ago today), on the 34th birthday of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ebusua Dwarfs spoilt their party by beating the Porcupine Warriors 5-0 in Cape Coast. Kotoko had just returned from a ten day UK training tour where they lost all their three matches; 1-3(Crystal Palace), 0-3 Birmingham City and 0-2 (Oxford United)
Robert Kwofie (19, 75)
Edwin Conduah( 21)
Oliver Acquah (25 OG)
A.K Mensah (70)
On this day 31 August 1991(Exactly 28 years ago today) The Black starlets of Ghana beat Spain 1-0 to win their first FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence.
Goal: Emmanuel Duah 77
Ghana’s first ever FIFA U-17 World Championship title richly deserved. Able to call on just the right blend of individual talent and team spirit, the Ghanaians were never afraid to take the initiative and were ultimately rewarded for their enterprising approach.
Expertly coached by master German tactician Otto Pfister, their made -to-measure 1-3-4-2 formation invariably had opponents in the back foot from the first whistle.
If the team had a week spot it was in attack, where they sometimes had trouble converting all their chances, but this could be explained by the fact that they had the youngest squad of all the sides in the competition, with an average age of just 16 years and 1 month.
Top of the class for Ghana’s youngsters were Kofi Mbea, Mohammed Gargo, sweeper Isaac Asare, and ace marksman Nii Odartey Lamptey, who scored four goals.
Player of the Tournament :
The adidas Golden Ball could only go to one of the members of the victorious Ghanaian side, and so it was, with Nii Odartey Lamptey taking home a very special souvenir from his Italian sojourn.
Lamptey was the beating heart of a very good side. His fast feet, speed of thought, and clever interplay with captain Nana Alexandre Opoku and fellow midfielders Mohammed Gargo and Emmanuel Duah were on display for all to see. His willingness to get into the box was critical too, and his four goals made him joint top – goalscorer.
Ghana Squad: Ben Owu, Sebastian Barnes, Isaac Asare, Samuel Kuffour, Kofi Nimo, Mohammed Gargo, Yaw Preko, Nii Odartey Lamptey, Willie Brown, Nana Poku, Emmanuel Duah, Daniel Addo, Kofi Mbea, Abdul Migima , Joseph Essien, Samuel Kissi, Mark Edusei, Ali Jarra
On this day 31 August 2003(Exactly 16 years ago today) The 9TH IAAF World
Championships in Athletics was officially closed at Saint-Denis, France with Kenya topping the medal table with a total of 16 medals including 7 gold medals followed by Jamaica 7 gold medals, the United States and Great Britain followed with 6 gold medals each.
On the final day France won the men’s 4*400m relay followed by Jamaiaca and Bahamas whiles the United States won the women’s event, joined by Russia and Jamaica on the pondium.
On this day 31 August 1969 (Exactly 50 years ago today) Former world heavyweight champion, who went undefeated in his career, Rocky Marciano died in a plane crash at 45.
STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH