Ghana thrashes Nigeria to retain WAFU Cup of Nations title

It was all joy and excitement at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium after the Black Stars B of Ghana beat their rivals Nigeria 4-1 to clinch the 2017 FOX Sports WAFU Cup of Nations trophy.

The match played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday ended with a sweet revenge for the Stars, who lost 2-0 to the Nigerians in the group stage.

Ghana, winners in 2013, broke the deadlock through Berekum Chelsea’s Stephen Sarfo two minutes to the end of the first half.

Sarfo, who was lurking in the 18 yard box, received a pass from Cobbinah, outwitted the defense of the visitors and placed the ball at the blind side of Nigeria goalie Ezenwa Ikechukwu,who remained rooted to the spot.

Nigeria who got to the finals following their 1-0 win over Benin in the semi-final match were denied victory by a determined Ghana side who put up a strong performance to emerge winners.

In the 60th minute, just when the Super Eagles of Nigeria were chasing for an equalizer, substitute Patrick Razak got fouled by a Nigerian defender in the penalty box. The spot kick was expertly converted by Hearts of Oak’s Vincent Atinga for the Stars second goal.

With eight minutes to end the match, Sarfo again deepened the woes of their opponent by scoring his second goal from the spot, after Razak was once again brought down.

Four minutes to full time, Aremu Afeez Olalekan drove in a thunderous shot but his effort sailed over the bar.

Winful Cobinnah raised the score-line to four by tapping home in the 91st minute.

With minutes to end the game, Atingah received his marching off orders after bringing his marker down. The offense was his second booking leaving the Stars to 10 men.

In the last minute of the match Ali Rabiu scored a consolation goal by curling in a free kick over the wall for Nigeria’s only goal.

Berekum Chelsea’s Stephen Sarfo was named the NASCO man of the match whilst Nigeria goalie was adjudged the best shot-stopper of the competition.

Captain of Inter Allies Isaac Twum was named the best player of the tournament.

Meanwhile, in the match for third place, played earlier at the same venue, Niger beat Benin 2-0 to win the bronze medal.

GNA