2006 FIFA World Cup Ghana star Habib Mohammed has revealed how the Black Stars rose from ashes to snatch a wondrous 2-0 win over a star-studded Czech Republic side in Cologne in 2006.
Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari scored the goals that gave Ghana their first win on the world stage at the expense of a Czech side who played the closing stages with ten men after Tomas Ujfalusi’s dismissal.
The West African’s triumph was the first for any of the debutants at Germany event and also the first for any of the five African finalists. The victory margin could have been greater had Gyan not struck a penalty against the post in the second half.
Ghana went into the game with hopes in the balance after succumbing to a painful loss to an experienced Italian side with legendary defender Samuel Osei Kuffour committing an unpardonable blunder.
But, a sublime performance from the team sealed an historic win and the defender who was then on the books of Ghana Premier League side King Faisal has revealed how Ghana won the game.
“We knew we had to win the game and it took Stephen Appiah to carry the entire team into that moment. He inspired and spoke to us very well. He conditioned us for that victory. That is why Appiah remains the best for me,” he told Accra-based Happy FM.
Habib was part of a handful of local players who played at the tournament. Dan Quaye (Hearts of Oak), Illiasu Shilla (Asante Kotoko) and George Owu (AshantiGold) were the local contingent in the Ghana squad.
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