Ghana set an unwanted record on Friday evening after succumbing to a 3-0 battering at the hands of Mali’s Eagles at the Emir Hotel Sports Complex in Antalya, Turkey.
Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba inspired his side to decimate a spiritless and uninspiring Black Stars side coached by Charles Akonnor.
Stade Rennes defender Hamari Traore expressed supremacy over Gideon Mensah and toyed with the Vitoria Guimaraes defender on his way to smashing the opening goal for his side inside the early moments of the game.
Another France-based player – 19-year-old Stade de Reims forward El Bilal Toure steered home a powerful header before the tenacious Amadou Haidara kept his composure to nail the coffin of the stars.
The heavy loss has now become Ghana’s worst loss margin in 10 years according to data available to Ghana Sports Online.
Though Mali have scored three times against Ghana in a game before this is their biggest win margin over the Black Stars in any game since 1960 when the two sides first met.
The last time a Ghana side lost by a 3-goal margin came as far back as June 2010 when the Netherlands hammered Milovan Rajevac’s Black Stars 4-1 in Rotterdam in a dress-rehearsal game for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Since that loss no other team has been able to beat Ghana by that margin.
Mali themselves scored three times against Ghana on February 9, 2013 clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth in South Africa in a Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3rd place. But, the Black Stars scored a consolation goal. Which means the margin was a 2-goal loss.
In September 2013 Ghana were sliced 3-1 by Japan in an international friendly which was staged in Saitama, Japan.
Friday night’s loss has gone into the history books as the heaviest loss margin for the Black Stars in 10.
Akonnor and his side also failed to protect Ghana’s clean sheet record in the last three games going into this game as the scoreline left things jeopardised.
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