Ghana Wins Wafu Tournament After Whipping Nigeria

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The Black Stars B on Sunday won the Wafu Nations Cup for the second time after thumping bitter rivals Nigeria 4-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Nigeria entered the game with a soaring confidence after piping Ghana 2 nil in their last group game.

Shot stopper Ikechuwku Ezenwa had not conceded a goal in 5 games and 494 minutes of football played so far in the competion but Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Sarfo breached the Nigerian defence with a well taken goal on the turn a minute to half time to hand Ghana the impetus going into the break.

The Nigerians started brightly in the second half but failed to threaten the Ghana goal moments later head coach Maxwell Konadu substituted the ineffective Video Waja for Hearts’ Patrick Razak.

The winger made immediate impact when he was felled on what appeared to be the edge of the Nigerian box after some good dribbling skills but the Senegalese referee contentiously pointed to the spot which was coolly converted by centre back Vincent Atingah in the 63rd minute.

Razak who was a thorn in the flesh of  the Nigerian defence compounded their misery 13 minutes to time when he was once again fouled this time in the box by Eze.

This time Stephen Sarfo who was eyeing the goal king gong stepped up and placed the ball beyond the despairing dive of Ikechwuku Ezenwa in post for Nigeria to make it 3 nil for Ghana and four goals to his credit.

In the third minute of stoppage time Ghana rub salt in the wounds of a well beaten Nigeria when Winful Cobbinah tucked home from about 10 yards to make it 4 nil after another determined run by winger Patrick Razak to steal the ball from the grasp of goalie Ike Ezenwa.

Deep in stoppage time 36 year old Rabiu Ali grabbed a consolation for Nigeria after a superb free kick into the top left corner.

There was a late drama when Vincent Atingah received his marching orders after collecting a second yellow card after a vicious lunge on a Nigerian attacker.

Ghana pocketed a handsome $100,000 as prize money while runner up Nigeria picked home $50,000 with third placed Niger going home $25,000 richer kind courtesy American TV channel Fox Sports.


Source:Kingsley Opoku-Amoako l




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