Nigeria to meet Ghana in Sunday’s WAFU Cup of Nations final

Nigeria to meet Ghana in Sunday’s WAFU Cup of Nations final

The final of the WAFU Cup will feature those two great rivals, Nigeria and the hosts Ghana.

Both sides won their respective semi-finals in the WAFU tournament on Thursday to set up the clash in Cape Coast on Sunday.

Rabiu Ali scored the only goal as Nigeria won 1-0 against Benin, who played over an hour with ten men following Marcellin Degnon Koukpo’s red card.

Ghana beat Niger 2-0 with goals from Kizito Kwame and Stephen Safro.

Ghana is the defending champions, whilst Nigeria have now reached three of the last four WAFU Cup finals.

The two sides have already met in this competition, in their final group match – a game Nigeria won 2-0.

Nigeria eased passed their west Africa opponents as things went from bad to worse for Benin when they were reduced to 10 men in the 35thminute following a second yellow card for Marcellin Koukpo.

The Super Eagles controlled the remainder of the half but failed to add to the shoreline before the break.

In the 57th minute Nigeria almost scored their second goal when John Friday met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his 10-yard effort shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

Peter Moses should have put the game beyond doubt in the 73rd minute when he found himself in space only six-yards out from goal, but the Benin goalkeeper superbly thwarted him.

Eight minutes later the Benin keeper came to his country’s rescue again, this time denying Afeez Aremu a headed goal with a diving save from eight-yards out.

The Super Eagles continued to push forward in the dying minutes of the game, but their finishing in front of goal was poor as the game ended 1-0.

The Eagles have been solid in the defense as they are yet to concede any goal after five matches in the sub-regional football tournament.

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