Nigeria ended their goal drought at the WAFU Nations Cup and qualified for semi-final after defeating hosts Ghana 2 – 0 on Monday.
Anthony Okpotu and Eneji Moses scored in the 52nd and 55th minutes to register Nigeria’s first goals in the competition after three group matches in the WAFU Competition.
Also, Salisu Yusuf’s men kept clean sheets in all the games, thus qualifying for the next round of the competition unbeaten with a flawless defensive record.
Nigeria did enough to secure a place in the last four of the Wafu Cup of Nations by defeating hosts Ghana 2-0 on Monday.
A 53rd-minute effort from Anthony Okpotu gave Salisu Yusuf’s men the initiative before Peter Eneji struck the decisive blow to dim the Black Stars and also hand the Super Eagles their first victory after two games.
As in the first half, Nigeria weathered pressure and finished stronger – Vincent Atingah’s goal-line clearance and further heroics from goalkeeper Addo denying Friday Ubong and Okpotu an early lead.
In the midst of this, the Black Stars suffered a big set-back as Isaac Twum left the field injured, and was subsequently replaced by Ahmed Adams.
But the hosts came agonizingly close to leading with 15 minutes left in the first half as Emmanuel Lomotey strong header off a corner kissed the crossbar.
In the second half, Yusuf’s men continued to have the better of the play and this paid off when Okpotu dashed into the Ghanaians penalty area, dismissed his markers and fired home the curtain raiser.
Ghana’s defense became disjointed and three minutes later, they let in the second goal thanks to Eneji’s unstoppable missile.
The hosts continued to battle away and were left feeling aggrieved as a penalty appeal was turned down when one of their strikers went down under a slight challenge.
With this, the Super Eagles finished as runners-up in Group A and will wait till Tuesday evening to know their foes in the semis.
In the other group A match played between Guinea and Mali, the sides settled fora share of the spoils in a 1-1 result.
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