Abuja - Ghanaians resident in Ebonyi have hailed the Black Stars' historic 6-1 over the Pharaohs of Egypt in a first round playoff in the 2014 Brazil World Cup Qualifier.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match, played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Tuesday, saw Egypt recording its worst defeat in its soccer history.
The last time a Ghanaian team recorded a 6-1 score line against an Egyptian side was in 1987, when Ashanti Kotoko beat Zamalek in an African Champions Cup match at the same stadium in Kumasi.
The fans interviewed by NAN on Wednesday described the win as, "amazing," noting that the team did everything right from the preparations, to the match proper.
Israel Dankwah, a Cobbler, said that all those who were engaged in the preparation of the match did their homework well.
"The Ghana Football Association (GFA) rightly shifted the match to Tuesday, to enable the players have enough preparation, instead of the usual three to four days preparations in previous matches.
"The Government also motivated the players with the visit of President John Mahama to the team’s training grounds and the team’s major sponsor, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, increased their match bonuses from $10 000 to $15 000 per player,” he said.
Anthony Manso, a Cloth Weaver, commended the technical crew and the players for forming a formidable team that reminded one of the Black Stars of the Abedi-Pele days.
"Coach Kwesi Appaih and his assistants effectively blended the returnee old players with the new ones and fostered an endearing unity inside the team that produced such an amazing result.
“The players on their part, displayed unbridled commitment and determination in the entire 90 minutes, outclassing the fancied Egyptians in all departments of the game,” he said
Attakora Amaniampong, a Businessman, however, urged the team not be complacent in the return leg in Cairo, as all sorts of miracles could happen in football.
"The team should take the return leg as a cup final and ensure they maintain the coach’s tactical instructions, to ensure total victory in the end.
"Hopefully, FIFA will grant Ghana's request to play the match at a neutral ground due to the dire security concerns in Egypt, as this would make the team’s task easier,” he said.
Jean-Philippe Ekeke, a Cameroonian, however, blamed the Egyptians’ heavy loss to the inactivity of its players, who said, mostly played their football in the country.
"Following the country’s political turmoil, the Egyptian league is on suspension as this greatly affected the players who mostly play for clubs such as Al-Alhy, Zamalek, among others.
"The team that played against Ghana was a clear departure from the teams that won the AFCON consecutively in 2006, 2008 and 2010; known for their aggressiveness, tactical finesse and individual brilliance,'' he said.
Mrs Anna Mbam, a Nigerian Female Referee urged the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to ensure the effective monitoring of the return leg matches of the African Playoffs, scheduled for between November 15 and November 19.
"Efforts should be made to ensure that African hopefuls: Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Algeria, who all recorded impressive first leg results, are not robbed in the return leg,” she added.