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VIDEO: Egypt thrashed by Ghana as World Cup dream fades in Kumasi

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Posted on October 15, 2013

Salah and Aboutrika

’s hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup were all but extinguished in Kumasi after losing 6-1 to the Black Stars.

A defensively frail Egypt were thrashed 6-1 by Ghana – one of the Pharaohs worst defeats in history, even topping a 5-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in 1999 – in the first leg of the World Cup play-off tie in Kumasi on Tuesday to all but end Egypt’s Brazil hopes.

Egypt XI (4-3-3): Sherif Ekramy (Ahmed El-Shennawy), Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid (Shikabala); Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Ashour (Ahmed Elmohamady); Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman.

Ghana XI (4-2-3-1): Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Jeremiah Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Daniel Opare, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari (Emmanuel Agyemang Badu), Andre Ayew (Christian Atsu), Asamoah Gyan (Mubarak Wakaso), Kwadwo Asamoah, Abdul Majeed Waris.

First Half

At the sold out Baba Yara Stadium, the Black Stars started off with immense pressure on Egypt’s back-line and almost scored through Gyan in the opening 10 seconds before his weak effort was saved by Ekramy.

As the Pharaohs struggled to get into the game, their defensive frailties were more and more exposed. Ekramy made a few crucial saves before Gyan opened the scoring with a powerful strike on the five-minute mark after easily out-pacing Mohamed Naguib.

A terrific pass by Andre Ayew sent Michael Essien through on goal after the Chelsea man dribbled past the recklessly lunging Naguib, and as Ghaly and Ekramy almost came to the rescue, 38-year-old captain Wael Gomaa could only deflect the ball into his own net to double the Black Stars’ lead on 22 minutes.

Egypt pulled one back to briefly instill hope in the Pharaohs when veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika converted a penalty kick four minutes from the interval after Salah was pushed from behind by South Africa-based Rashid Sumaila. The goal turned out to be Egypt’s only consolation.

Ghana quickly responded to restore their two-goal lead. Following a free-kick delivered towards Ekramy’s left post, Hull City’s Elmohamady (who replaced Hossam Ashour) was the only Pharaoh between three Ghanaians as Abdul Majeed Waris leaped the highest to head in the third on 44 minutes.

Second Half

changed the formation in the second half to a 3-5-2. He brought in Zamalek star Shikabala, who replaced left-back Shedid but also failed to impress, and Walid Soliman took on the left wing-back role. Fathi was moved centrally after the introduction of Elmohamady, who was playing as the right wing-back.

However, Ghana’s onslaught continued. Gyan was somehow left unmarked and he headed the 4th goal from close range on the 53rd minute – his 6th of the 2014 campaign to equal Salah and Abou-Treika’s tally as the continent’s joint top scorer.

Ekramy, who made a few magnificent saves in the first half, went off injured after the fourth goal to force Egypt into their final substitution, as he was replaced by 22-year-old Al-Masry keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.

Another one of Egypt’s rare chances fell to centre-back Mohamed Naguib, who missed a header from close range in the first half following a brilliant Abou-Treika free-kick. Dauda was caught in no mans land but as Naguib turned to fire his curling effort went wide, missing the target from inside the area.

Waris earned a penalty kick for the Black Stars shortly after and it was converted by Sulley Muntari, 5-1.

Ghana substitute and recent Chelsea signing Christian Atsu put the icing on the cake to make it 6-1 – the Pharaohs worst defeat in a competitive match in over 80 years – with a superb strike from long-range.

Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Badu came close to making it seven but Shennawy punched away his unexpected blast from distance.

Post-Match Conference

Egypt, who haven’t made it to the World Cup since 1990 in Italy, now need a 5-0 win when they host the Black Stars in the second leg on 19 November in Cairo in order to qualify to , but coach Bob Bradley realizes this is almost an impossible task.

“The dream of going to the World Cup is what kept out team united for these two years. But today, we’ve seen that dream become nearly impossible,” Bradley said at the post-match press conference.

“Ghana is a proud footballing nation. Today the players and fans’ talent and emotion all came through for them and they can be proud.

“I say nearly impossible because the situation we’ve put ourselves in is a very difficult one. We know this and we feel this.”

The former USMNT coach apologized to the Egyptian people, taking responsibility for the heavy defeat.

“I apologize to the Egyptian people for Tuesday’s loss. I know that reaching the World Cup is the dream of all Egyptians, and I failed to realize that dream.”

Bradley also acknowledged his team made too many mistakes during Tuesday’s clash.

“I tried to mix young and experienced players, but we committed a lot of mistakes during the game. It was not our day.”

“I sought a recovery in the second half but the players’ mistakes were numerous,” he added.

In an e-mail to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, Bradley said: “At the moment I’m still the [Egypt] coach. If it’s up to me I will stand with the team for the 2nd leg.”

24 Comments

  1. GHANSON

    October 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    LOL now that’s a BITTER pill for u guys to swallow..

  2. Pharaohs still #1

    October 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    No comment…i’m just speechless 😐

  3. Ghanaboy

    October 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Sooooo embarrassing………next time u should panic just like the rest of african teams when u hear *gh* blackstars

  4. Ali AbdUl

    October 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    when ghana wins 3 african cups in a row and the most succeful team in history in african history, please come talk to us. i admitt our team sucks now, but every good team has a bad form in its history.

    • guru

      October 20, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      3 worldcups in a row. Ghana is too strong for Egypt at the moment. Egypt has lost form.

  5. Survivor

    October 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Gomaa boasted that Egypt prefer to meet Ghana or Nigeria than Cape Verde. And God heard his prayer. My lesson about this is …. God is a prayer answering God. But before you ask for BIG things from God know exactly what you are asking for else that same request can make you broken into pieces. 21 Gun salute to the ONLY BLACK STARS OF AFRICA.

  6. KWAME NKRUMAH

    October 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    @–Brotha Ali Abdui, Ghanson told U so that Ghana will whip the Pharoahs 4 goals..Ghanians Respects Egypt cos of our first leader Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana have a seed and blood in EGYPT cos of NKRUMAH married FATHIA in a country who brought civilizationto the world with 3 beautiful children.. Now u admits that the PHAROAHS sucks and BOB BRADLEY is going to be fired soon..i hope Egypt will suport the BLACK STARS
    when we qualifies to BRAZIL..SALAAM ALEKUM..

    • Adam Moustafa

      October 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      The respect is mutual, Kwame. I will be supporting the Black Stars in Brazil once they qualify, personally. They’ve got what it takes to make Africa proud.. But the Pharaohs will rise again inshallah.

      • Ali AbdUl

        October 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        inshallah if we make a comeback, it will go into the history book for hundereds of hears, bob bradle did that befor with the USA against egypt in the confederation cup when he had to beat us 3-0 and he did exactly that. its rare we make a comaback but inshallah we will

  7. GHANSON

    October 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Lol ur a joke.”but every good team has a bad form in its history.” So u bring a a team with bad form to try to beat Mighty Black Stars?? In WCQ as that??/ hmm u r really a joke..typical egyptian boasting about some archaic stuff..

    • Omar Mac

      October 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Whats worng with you? Seariously! Congrats on winning the Game but be gratefull and stop acting like a complete ashole.

    • Pharaohs still #1

      October 16, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      Go to Brazil and come back like Black rats (spell backwards, black stars)… U will never get a better result than 2010… i will not cheer for you

      • KWAME NKRUMAH

        October 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Hhahahaaha!! @-Pharaoh still #1,,salaam alekum hahahahahahaha I cant stop laafin.Did U just called the Ghana National TEAM- ( BLACK RATS )-That is a GOOD one buddy..Pharoah U makes the BLACK RATS mad hehehehehe.The RATS will chew 7 Balls in the return match ((- meaning, this time the goals will not be 6 but 7 goals to 1 -)). have a nice day brotha Pharoah..U made my day hehehehehe…

    • Ali AbdUlyou

      October 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Ghanson congrats on the winning but seriously why you sooooo excited we mad you cry and broken all r hearts 2010 an you made us cry yesterday in the mattch now we even lol. but make sure u dont lose 5-0 in egypt

  8. Jojo Peprah

    October 16, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Egypt are our brothers,it unfortunate we also have to get the slot through this humiliating score line,you are still a good side,put your self together and build your young team for the future-Salem alekum bros

  9. Ahmed

    October 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    We got beaten by a better team who played to their strengths. This is a message to all Egyptians the tie is not over they still have to come to Cairo crazier things have happened in football we live in hope my belief is still there even if we we don’t qualify I’m still very proud of the players and coach Bradley.we have to remember that every team has bad days and this was ours

  10. Redd

    October 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    It is very unfair that these two teams were drawn to play each other for the slot.Look at Tunisia and Cameroon.Two weak teams yet one will surely end up in Brazil to disgrace Africa.Should have been Ghana vrs Tunisia and Egypt Vrs Cameroon.The seeding in africa is a joke.Sorry Egypt but u made us cry in 2010 AFCON final and today we made u guys cry too but hey this is football…just a game.Ghana and Egypt will continue with their marvellous relationship.Better luck next time our brothers.

  11. The Pharaohs will shine out the black stars

    October 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I want to see egypt qualify to the world cup before i die 🙂

  12. I-JAHMAN

    October 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    MR. GOMAA, DO U REMEMBER THIS?…….Egypt captain Wael Gomaa hopes the Pharaohs will
    draw Ghana in the in the World Cup qualifying playoff
    round.
    Gomaa believes being paired with Ghana will keep the
    players on their toes and prepare adequately well for
    the decider.
    “I would prefer to face Ghana or Nigeria instead of
    Cape Verde,” Gomaa told a radio station in Egypt.
    “It’s because our players would be taking the game
    seriously against Nigeria or Ghana, but against Cape
    Verde, it won’t be the same.
    “Another reason is that we have already been successful
    against Nigeria and Ghana as we have experienced
    playing them before in the African Cup of Nations unlike
    Cape Verde.”…..NEVER COUNT YOUR…..

  13. GHANSON

    October 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    hehehehehehehehe Mr Gomaa is a joke..I told u these egyptians..all they do is smoke HASHISH and become dilusional..The second leg will be another dose of the bitter medicine..maybe a 9 GOALS 3 hat-tricks from Dede and Jordan…we shall put pepper in ur eyes mr gomaa..

    • KWAME NKRUMAH

      October 19, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Comon!!! GHANSON , how did u know that EGYPTIANS smokes Hashish and marijuana,?
      hahahahahaha. So U think I JAHMAN smokes marijuana too?. I wonder wat I-Jahman is thinking at the moment when GHANSON mentioned HASHISH…looool.

      • KWAME NKRUMAH

        October 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM

        @-GHANSON can U ask Adam Moustapha why the video is bloked?-U ask for me please cos i cant ask I am KWAME NKRUMAH.hahahahaha..Errm!! are EGYPTIANS
        sort of ashamed or sumtin,,hence the video is blocked?.

        • GHANSON

          October 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

          @my Brother KWAME…U r great! just like your name-sake..egyptians r blocking the video because of shame..remember a day or two before the match,they were flooding our website gsn talking trash and calling ppl monkeys etc..but after the 6-1 asswhooping i dont see them on gsn anymore so ive decided to bring the beef to their website..And I will be here until the 2nd leg is played where we will double the dosage of the quinine tonic
          GHANA 4 BRAZIL!!!
          UP BLACK STARS!
          VIVAAA GHANA!!!!

  14. Evans Kwadwo Agyemang

    October 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    We beat Egypt like a basketball!!!!

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