On this day 5 August 2012 (Exactly 8 years ago today ) New Edubiase United won the Ghana FA Cup for the first time in the competition’s history when striker Ibrahim Moro’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win over AshantiGold.
In a season of surprises, both teams defied the odds to make it to the final and it was Edubiase who again, held on to beat a spirited AshantiGold side, thus denying the Miners a second Cup success.
Edubiase won the Cup without conceding a goal in six matches after scoring 11 goals from the Round of 64 stage to the final.
Aside earning the bragging rights over their rivals, the result at the Accra Sports Stadium also dashed coach Yaw Acheampong’s hopes of entering the record books of the Cup competition as a player and a coach .
Moro, who had been impressive struck 22 minutes after the two sides had returned from the break.
And his goal will go down in FA Cup history as the goal that secured Edubiase their first Cup success.
On this day 5 August 1990(Exactly 30 years ago today ) Asante Kotoko defeated Hearts of Oak 4-2 at the Accra Sports in the 1990 Ghana FA Cup final, but the Porcupine Warriors were later declared losers for using an unqualified player.
Isaac Kwakye opened the score line, before Joe Debrah scored to make it 2-0, but Hearts replied with goals from Yaw Preko and Ablade Kumah to make it 2-2.During the extra time Joe Debrah scored again and Sarfo Gyamfi finished it off with the 4th goal to make it 4-2.
Kotoko were declared losers of the F.A because Joe Debrah who was very instrumental in Kotoko’s victory against Hearts was unqualified to play. Joe Debrah had received a yellow card in the national league, the F.A Cup and the OGLCA competition, hence unqualified to play in the final of the F.A Cup, but Kotoko unknowingly used him for the match.
Hearts of Oak filed a protest with the GFA and after series of sittings by the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA, Hearts were declared the FA Cup Champions on 23 October 1990 when the GFA accepted the findings and recommendations of its Disciplinary Committee.
The then Chief Executive of Kotoko S.K Awuah reacted to the ruling and blamed the GFA for that, but nothing changed.
FA Cup Final
Venue: Accra Sports Stadium
Result : Kotoko 4-2 Hearts AET
Isaac Kwakye (49)
Joe Debrah (60,94)
Sarfo Gyamfi (**)
Yaw Preko (65)
Ablade Kumah (87)
On this day 5 August 1987 (Exactly 33 years ago today) Asante Kotoko beat Accra Hearts of Oak 2-0 at the Accra Sports in a League match,through George Arthur’s two goal.
George Arthur (33,65)
The disparity between Kotoko and Hearts was wide. This was in the Hearts days of the “Musical Youth”. Kotoko played without their Black Stars players (12 in all), except George Arthur. Hearts had no player with the Black Stars.
George Arthur asked to be substituted after his second goal and was substituted in the 73rd minute.
On this day 5 August 1992 (Exactly 28 years ago today) Hosts Spain beat 10-man Ghana to end the West Africans hope of becoming the first African country to win gold medal in the Men’s Olympic football tournament.
Venue :Mastella, Valencia
Score: Spain 2-0 Ghana
Rafael Berges (54)
Samuel Kuffour (21)
Samuel Kuffour (46)
Samuel Kuffour (46)
On this day 5 August 2006 (Exactly 14 years ago today) New York City’s Madison Square Garden was filled with mixed reactions to the verdict in the junior middleweight fight between Ghana’s Ike Quartey and Vernon Forrest.
The arena was a chorus of discontent, reacting to the disputable unanimous decision victory that was awarded to Vernon Forrest on a night in which he did not appear the more effective fighter. The “Now or Never” event was promoted by Lou Dibella Entertainment.
As a pair of former welterweight champions on the comeback trail, both men gave respectable accounts of themselves, fully acknowledging that it may be too late to recover from a big setback.
However, Ike Quartey of Accra, Ghana found himself on the downside of a decision he appeared to deserve the better fortune in. Quartey was the more accurate and effective puncher throughout, and used his physical strength and jab to back up Forrest. Vernon Forrest, Atlanta, GA, did not appear sharp from the opening bell, unable to sustain an effective offense for extended periods in the fight.
The early rounds were dominated by the crisp jabs and counter punching of Quartey. Forrest was not using his own jab effectively to set up his power punching, and found himself having to lunge while out of range to land his own blows. However, and this is important in the scoring discrepancies, Forrest was the busier fighter and threw more punches.
By the middle rounds, Forrest’s right side of his face began to swell as a visible testament to Quartey’s proficient use of his left hand punches. Quartey’s stamina remained better preserved than Forrest’s, who appeared the more exhausted of the two down the stretch. In the ninth round, a stanza Quartey seemed to win, Forrest was docked a point by the referee for low blows.
Quartey, who looked absolutely sensational in his public workout few days to the bout, put on a well concocted display of technical brilliance through out the fight. Quartey remained the aggressor throughout, and was much more effective with his jab than Forrest. Forrest was the busier fighter, but his porous defense and unstable balance enabled Quartey to take advantage with accurate power shots.
When the official scores were announced, the debatable tallies of 95-94, 95-94 and 96-94 were met by the jeers of the dissenting crowd. Unofficial HBO ringside judge Harold Lederman’s scorecard read 97-92 for Ike Quartey.
On this day 5 August 1936 (Exactly 84 years ago today) American athlete Jesse Owens won 200m in world record time (20.7), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics.
On this day 5 August 1948 (Exactly 72 years ago today) Jamaican finished 1-2 in the men’s 400m at the London Olympics with Arthur Wint (46.2) beating team mate Herb McKenley for the gold medal.
On this day 5 August 1984 (Exactly 36 years ago today) Retired American marathon runner, Joan Benoit Samuelson became the first-ever women’s Olympic Games marathon champion (2:24:52), winning the Gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway.
On this day 5 August 1984 (Exactly 36 years ago today) Evelyn Ashford run an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American team mate Alice Brown in the LA Games women’s final.
On this day 5 August 2016 (Exactly 4 years ago today) XXXI Summer Olympic Games was officially opened in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By: George ‘Alan Green’ Mahamah
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