Midfielder Thomas Partey made history on Tuesday afternoon after becoming the first Black Stars player to score a hat-trick in a competitive match in more than a decade.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder was the star man for Ghana when the former African Champions mesmerized Congo after beating the central African side 5-1 at their own backyard in a World Cup qualifier.
Partey, to his personal glory scored three of the five goals making him the first player to net three times for the Black Stars in a competitive match after 23 years.
The 24-year-old registered his first goal of the day in 26 minutes by doubling Richmond Boakye-Yiadom’s 23rd minute goal for Ghana.
The midfielder was not done as he scored two more goals in the 45th and 69th minutes to become the first player to score a hat-trick in a competitive match after former Ghana international Yaw Preko.
Preko, now head Coach of Nigerian Club Ifeanyi Ubah scored four goals for the Black Stars in a Cup of Nations qualifier against Eritrea in February 1999.
The former Hearts of Oak assistant Coach had before scored three goals against Niger in 1994 before getting his second career hat-trick five years later.
Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew partially equaled that record after scoring three goals in a friendly match against South Korea in 2014 however Partey has been able to meet that feat by netting a competitive match.
The three goals by the midfielder means he has now scored four career goals for the National team having scored against the same Congolese side in the first leg match at the Babayara Sports Stadium.
By Frank Darkwah