Day nine of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations produced joy for Nigeria who progressed into the semfinals and heartache for Guinea and Mali who exited the competition.
The Super Eagles had to win in order to progress further in the tournament and they did just that with second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses handing the Super Eagles a 2-0 win over hosts Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, 18 September 2017.
The other Group A match, taking place at the same time, at the Nduom Sports Stadium saw Guinea and Mali playing to a 1-1 draw after Abdoulaye Naby Camara scored both for his country against the Eagles and in the back of his own net.
The results on the day mean Ghana and Nigeria qualify for the semifinals of the tournament as the Black Stars finished top of Group A with six points, followed by the Super Eagles with five points while Mali and Guinea are third and fourth respectively with two points apiece.
Day ten of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations will see Group B’s final games taking place with Niger up against Benin at the Ndoum Sports Stadium while Senegal will face Cote d’Ivoire at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium – both matches will take place on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 with kick-off set for 18h00 (GMT).
Group B is delicately poised with any of the four teams still able to qualify for the semifinals of the WAFU tournament.
Niger top the standings with four points, followed by Senegal and Benin in second and third place respectively with three points while Cote d’Ivoire are last with one point.