On this day 16 February 1957 (Exactly 62 years ago) Egypt became the first team ever to win the Africa Cup of Nations after beating Ethiopia 4-0 in the final of the inaugural event at the Municipal Stadium in Khartoum, Sudan.
All four goals were scored by Mohamed Diab El-Attar “Diba” ,who finished the tournament as top scorer with five goals.
Egyptian Line Up: Paraskos Trimeritis / Nour El-Dali / Mosaad Daoud / Hanafi Bastan / Rifaat El-Fanageely / Rafaat Ateya / Samir Qotb / Ibrahim Tawfik / Mohamed Diab El-Attar “Diba” / Alaa El-Hamouly / Hamdi Abdel Fattah
Ethiopian Line Up: Gila -Michael / Ayele Tessema / AdaleTekle Selassie / Adamu Alemu / Asefaw Berhane /Mohammed Ibrahim / Kebede Metaferia / Zewode Samuel / Abreha / Netsere Wilde Selassie, Girmaye Fikre Mariam
Referee: Mohammed Youssef (Sudan).
On this day 16 February 1970 (Exactly 49 years ago) Sudan beat Ghana 1-0 to win their only African Cup of Nations title at the Municipal Sports Stadium, Khartoum
Goal Scored :Hasab El-Rassoul Omer ‘Hasabu El-Saghir’ 2′
Sudan Line-up : Abdel-Aziz Abdellah Abdel-Rahman, El-Sir Obeidalla Mohammed Fadl Al-Moula ‘Kaunda’, Mohammed Amin Zaki,Abdel-Qader Suliman Al-Jazli, Mahmoud Saad Salim ‘James’, Bushara Wahba Ahmed, Bushara Abdel-Nadief Abdalla Sayed, Azzedeen Osman Ahmed Suliman El-Shahir ‘El-Dahish’, Mohammed El-Bashir Ahmed Bakheit ‘El-Isied’,Nasr El-Din Abbas ‘Jaksa’, Hasab El-Rassoul Omer ‘Hasabu El-Saghir’.
Ghana Line-up : Robert Mensah, Edward Boye, Alex Mingle, John Eshun, Oliver Acquah, Joe Ghartey, Ibrahim Sunday, Robert Foley, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, Kwasi Owusu, Malik Jabir.
Referee: Tesfaye Gebre-Yesus (Ethiopia).
Following the final, the Ghanaian team boycotted the presentation ceremony as protest against biased refereeing.
The Ghanaian team returned directly
to their hotel without taking part in the ceremony. Their boycott was seen as an insult to the Sudanese government,
and President Nimeiry ordered that the Ghanaian team be deported immediately from Sudan
This was Ghana’s 4th final in succession (1963,1965,1968&1970).
On this day 16 February 2006 (Exactly 13 years ago) Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o was named African Footballer of the Year for the third year running , edging out Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba by two points in the annual poll.
Then Barcelona striker polled 108 votes to 106 for Chelsea’s Drogba in the closest finish in the three decades of the award, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced at its annual gala in Abuja.
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien finished third in the voting by the national coaches of the 52 members of CAF.
Eto’o, who flew into Abuja on a private jet hours before the event with Barcelona president Joan Laporte, dedicated his award to African children.
“My struggle lasted for so long and the more I advanced the harder it became but today I’m lucky to be a legend of African football because for three times in a row I have won this trophy,” he told the audience, which included Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Eto’o’s award came after a year in which he helped Barcelona win the Spanish league title and finished third in the polling for the FIFA World Player of 2005.
On this day 16 February 2011 (Exactly 8 years ago) Major George Lamptey, (rtd) one of Ghana’s most accomplished referees died .The former referee died at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.
The late Major Lamptey was one-time Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) Referees’ Instructor.
He was also a Member of the CAF Referees’ Committee responsible for the appointment of referees and assistant referees for matches on the continent, a position he occupied for about 15 years.
Major Lamptey was also one time the Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from 1975 to 1977.
On this day 16 February 2013 (Exactly 6 years ago) Lionel Messi scored his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona
On this day 16 February 1970 (Exactly 49 years ago) Joe Frazier fought Jimmy Ellis for heavyweight title. The road to this fight came about after Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title following his refusal to be drafted in 1968. With the boxing world looking to crown a new champion Frazier took on Buster Mathis to win a New York version of the title, from there he steamrolled through Manuel Ramos, Oscar Bonavena, Dave Zyglewicz, and Jerry Quarry. Ellis won a different version of the title by beating Leotis Martin, Oscar Bonavena, and Jerry Quarry in an elimination tournament. Ellis would successfully defend that tile one time against Floyd Patterson. With both boxers claiming to be the champ there was only one way to decide who should own the title and on December 29, 1969 a contract was signed that put the wheels in motion for the February matchup.
Frazier was a 6-1 favorite due in large part to Ellis not fighting for over 17 months. Ellis believed it was being overplayed because he had been training for a fight that fell through. He insited that all he needed to do was drop a few pounds and he would be good to go. Elllis also had legendary cornerman Angelo Dundee on his side who gave him a vote of confidence by saying “Jimmy is like a bomb ready to go off. I’ve got to cool him off a little.” Dundee was quick to point out more than one fight that fell through also and he believed his boxer would have no problem fighting Joe Frazier. When Ellis was asked about the odds he said “Odds mean nothing to me. I was an underdog against Leotis Martin, Oscar Bonavena, and Jerry Quarry.” He was about to find out Joe Frazier was a much more formidable opponent than any of those men that came before him.
Joe was in absolute great shape as he trained twice a day to trim down for the fight. His intense workouts included everything from the speed bag, to sparring partners were included. By comparison Ellis had light workouts, mainly skipping rope and shadow boxing, he was very much unprepared to take on Frazier.
More than 18,000 people packed Madison Square Garden to see who would be the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. In the first round Ellis looked good as he executed his strategy to keep the fight in the middle of the ring, until Frazier landed a series of punches on his way to winning the first round. Frazier later said “Maybe he did take the first round, but that didn’t mean nothing. I had command all the way.” In the second round Frazier was able to take control, he tied Ellis up which took away his jab. Frazier then took him out of his game by getting him against the ropes and landing two crushing left hooks, the momentum had shifted. It was all Frazier from there on out, in the third he landed a huge left hook that had the whole crowd buzzing, Ellis was clearly rattled but survived the round. As Frazier walked to his corner following the third round, he had a smile form ear to ear on his face because he knew that Ellis was no match for him.
Joe Frazier came out in fourth looking like a ball of fire as he landed blow after blow. Once again Frazier put Ellis on the ropes and landed two massive left hooks that sent him crashing down, Ellis got to his feet only to have another left hook send him to the ground again, after the bell rang Ellis was able to get to his feet and head to his corner. The fourth round was done and so was Ellis, his trainer Angelo Dundee refused to let the boxer go out for any more punishment. Smokin Joe Frazier was declared the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by way of knockout.
This was a quite the display by Joe Frazier and he was declared the champ, many considered Ali to be the real champion. There is no way around it that with Ali’s title being taken from him rather than him losing it to an opponent left a cloud over the title. What was going on with Ali was out of Frazier’s hands and when Ali returned to the ring, he took him on in what was called the “Fight of the Century” Frazier beat Ali by unanimous decision and any talk of him not being the real champion was put to bed. He did lose his title to George Foreman in 1973 but went onto have several more memorable fights including some of the greatest fights of all time against Ali.
By George ‘Alan Green’ Mahamah