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WC Qualification Africa
October 15, 2013
• 12:00 PM
• Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Referee: B. El Ahrach
• Attendance: 38000
A. Gyan 4', 54'
Wael Gomaa 22' (own goal)
A. Waris 44'
S. Muntari 73'
C. Atsu 89'
Mohamed Abo Trika 41'
I hope you enjoyed the game. I did, although shocked by the results. Great results for Ghana. What are your views. Let's take the discussion to Twitter: @Kentmensah and @Goal_ghana. Thanks for your time and see you in Cairo on November 19 for the second leg. Bye!!!
90' + 5'
It's all over here in Kumasi's Baba Yara Stadium. The Ghanaians will be heading to the bank for their $15,000 winning bonuses. That was a great motivation. The holiday will be extended deep into the night. Ghana 6-1 Egypt. Shocking scoreline but that's it.
90' + 2'
We have five minutes of added time. Trust me you are not dreaming. It's 6-1 for Ghana. Unbelievable. Kwesi Appiah's side is humiliating the giants of the north.
The Black Stars are running riot now at their fortress. The west Africans are looking for more goals.
GOAL!!! Ghana 6-1. Great low strike from newly introduced Christian Atsu. The ball hit the right post and landed in the net. Ghana are on fire
Essien has been brilliant today. He has managed to boss the middle for Ghana and seems to be sending a clear message to his Chelsea manager.
OOOps. That was a narrow chance for Egypt. Ball headed towards Salah but he failed to connect within the box
Great work by Opare. He has managed to dispossess his opponent. Ghana is about to make two more changes. Muntari is making way for Agyeman-Badu whiles Ayew paves way for Atsu.
Gyan is making way for Mubarak Wakaso, The captain has earned himself a double today. He has increased his goal tally to 36 for the Black Stars.
UNBELIEVABLE! AMAZING! Strange results with just about 15 minutes to go. Ghana running riot at home.
Penalty GoalSulley Muntari
Yellow CardAhmed Al Shenawy
PENALTY GOAL!!! Muntari scores nicely with his left foot. He kicked it slowly to the right corner of Shenawy's post who landed at the left side It's goal galore in Kumasi. Ghana 5-1 Egypt
Penalty for Ghana Ahmed Al Shenawy pulls the leg of Waris and the referee has pointed to the spot.
Ghana seem to have gone to rest. They need to guard their goals. Free kick at a dangerous spot for Egypt but that has been wasted.
A quick one from Twitter: @fatajo1: This Ghana team can be a surprise package in Brazil 2014, full of talent and determination ..... never underrate them
Free kick to Ghana. Gyan was brought down. He gets up to effect it but ball hits the Egyptian wall.
Game resumes from the Ghana end. The game is gradually becoming physical here. Great communication between Essien and Muntari with Ayew giving them wonderful support. Ghana are close to landing at Brazil 2014
There is a temporal hold up. Akaminko is down after dispossessing an Egyptian.
Ahmed Al Shenawy
Goalkeeper Ekrami has been stretched out. Oh dear he has been substituted also.
Asamoah Gyan!!!! He's had his second of the day. He continued with a bicycle kick from Muntari with a brilliant header that beat Ekrami. The atmosphere is frenzy here in Kumasi. Goal harvest by the Black Stars.
GOAL!!! Ghaaaaaaaaaaaaaanaaaaaaa 4-1 Egypt
Ouch!!! Andre Ayew has a cut around the eye area. He is down now receiving treatment. He seems to have clashed with an Egyptian defender.
Kwadwo Asamoah brought down. That could be dangerous. Muntari behind the ball now. What can he do? He flights it into the goal area but Waris' header was too weak.
Ghana send us into the second half now. Let's see what the final 45 minutes have for us in Kumasi
The teams are out from the tunnel now. Second half will be underway soon.
In Kenya, @MabukaDennis says: Egypt defence is a let down and if no changes are made for second half then Ghana will run riot and get a comfortable lead ahead of return leg-
On Facebook, Ebenezer Gyamfi Roy has suggested that "Essien and Muntari should keep swinging, is da only way" What are your thoughts. Join me on Twitter @kentmensah
@David_Odes says: Good One For Ghana, one more goal will be ok for Ghana. But it seems @Alphavelli wasn't expecting such scoreline: That first half was so unexpected....I thought the Pharaohs would put up a fight and have it @ 0-0
Our Nigeria chief editor Lolade is having a banter with his colleagues on Twitter. Here him @Jololade: @EddyDove & @IgnatManjoo feel both sides deserve place in WC, so far, only Ghana showing desire and hunger. I give it to Ghana
45' + 1'
Referee B. El Ahrach has whistled for the end of the first half. Ghana 3-1 Egypt. Gyan with the first goal before Gomaa scored an own-goal after an effort from Essien. Aboutreika reduced the deficit before Waris extended Ghana's lead. Who could have predicted we are going to witness four goals in this first half? Send me your thoughts via Twitter: @Kentmensah
GoalAbdul Majeed Waris
Visibility is a bit poor at the stadium now. But that was a beautiful header from the Spartak Moscow man. Muntari crosses from the edge of the box which reached Waris and he eventually headed pass the opposing keeper.
GOAL! Ghana 3-1 Egypt. Waris scores for Ghana.
Penalty GoalMohammed Abu Trika
GOAL! Aboutreika pulls one back for Egypt from the spot.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Penalty! Sumaila brings down Salah. A chance for Egypt to reduce the deficit
Yellow CardRashid Sumaila
Chance for Salah. Here's a one-on-one situation with Jerry Akaminko. Salah manages to beat his marker but he has been pulled down. Cross ended up in a corner for Egypt
Yellow CardHossam Ghaly
Gyan has been pulled down just inches to the box. Muntari and Essien behind the ball. Ball hits the wall and game is restarting.
Foul against Ghana. Aboutreika behind the ball. Beautiful cross but that has been wasted.
Bob Bradley is not a happy man in the dugout. He looks visibly quiet and will have a lot of talk to do during the interval.
The north Africans are mounting pressure now. Corner to Egypt. Dauda punches the ball out. It reaches an Egyptian player but that was way off the post.
Some beautiful work by the Ghanaian midfielders. There could be a third goal, perhaps. But one can't underestimate the Pharaohs with some more minutes to go.
Own GoalWael Gomaa
Game resumes. Ghana having possession now. Waris on the move but ball kicked into the corner area. Ghana have their first corner.
Sumaila manages to clear Ghana box. There is a hold up now. Two players are on the ground. I see Ghana's Opare receiving treatment now.
GREAT SAVE! Sherif Ekrami saves Egypt again. He blocks a Majeed Waris header by inches. Essien was the man behind that cross. The Russian-based striker is having a great day today
Great play between Essien and Muntari. Waris has been able to reach Kwadwo Asamoah and he goes pass a defender. WHAT A CHANCE. But the keeper manages to spill the ball.
Ball cleared from the Ghana danger area. It's throw for Ghana. The Black Stars guardsmen engaging in short passes but lose possession to the Pharaohs.
We have the first corner kick. The pressure is mounting slowly on the Ghanaians. The Ghanaian midfielders are pushing backwards to protect the defence now.
The Egyptian are keeping possession now but are unable to convert upfront. It's Ghana 1-0 Egypt. It's too early to call but looks as if the Pharaohs are coming into the game strongly and gradually
Great work between the Al Ain striker and Waris. That was a powerful strike from the left side of the box of Ekrami
GOAL!!! Asamoah Gyan puts Ghana in the lead.
Egypt keeper Sherif Ekrami is on the ground now and there is a temporal hold-up. He clashed with Ghana striker Majeed Waris, who nearly put the ball pass him.
Ghana are the first to knock at the Egyptian goal area. Two chances have gone begging.
Egypt are first to get us going in Kumasi. Game is on now.
Wow, we have a sizeable number of Egyptians at the stadium. Ahead of today's game we were told over 500 of them will be following the Pharaohs to Ghana.
The national anthem of Egypt is on now and Ghana will follow.
We have the line-ups now. Egypt: Sherif Ekrami - Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Shedeed - Muhammad El-Nenny, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly - Mohammed Abu Trika, Mohamed Salah, Walid Soliman (4-3-3). Ghana: Fatau Dauda - Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila - Michael Essien, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari - Abdul Majeed Waris Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah (4-4-1-1)
Before we bring you the line-ups here are a few reminders – Ghana topped their group (D) with 15 points after edging out 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia. They bagged 18 goals to get to this level whiles Egypt had an unbeaten run with 18 points from six games.
Could the showers bring a lot of blessing? Well, in case you didn't know in Ghana anytime it rains ahead of a big occasion we believe God is going to shower his blessing on such event. Let's wait and see
There are plenty of Ghana fans at their fortress and the stands are buzzing with loads of cheers. Ghana is generally calm and in Accra news is that the busy roads are flowing with only a few cars in town as millions of people get glued to their sets to either watch or listen to commentary of the game on TV or radio respectively.
It’s a cloudy atmosphere here in Kumasi. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain. Both sides have met 21 times at all levels of football since 1959 and in a head-to-head record: Egypt won 10, lost 6, drew 5, scored 31, and conceded 22
Welcome to the Baba Yara Stadium of Kumasi where Ghana host Egypt in the first leg play-off qualifying game for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. I am Kent Mensah and I will take you through all the action here. Expect a mouthwatering encounter between the West and North. You can get in touch with me via Twitter (@kentmensah) and some of your comments could make it onto this thread. I hope you are as anxious as I am. Is it going to be the Black Stars or Egypt? Let’s hear your thought.
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