Ghana thump Nigeria in WAFU Cup finals

The Ghanaians gained revenge after their group stage loss

Stephen Sarfo netted a brace while Vincent Atingah and Winnful Cobbinah helped Ghana to beat Nigeria to retain the WAFU Cup.

Rabiu Ali scored from a freekick late on at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to give Nigeria a consolation.

The game started slowly as both teams chose to be careful. The first real chance of the game came in the 15th minute through Ghana’s Emmanuel Lomotey whose 25-yard effort sailed inches wide of the post.

10 minutes later, Lomotey pounced on a loose ball in Nigeria’s box but his effort was smartly saved by Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Ezenwa was called into action again 10 minutes later, diving low to save an Isaac Twun effort.

Sarfo opened scoring for the Team B of the Black Stars of Ghana with a fierce strike from the edge of the box with just a minute before the break.

The second half started the same way they first did with both sides sitting back.

Ghana got their second goal of the night in the 58th minute from the penalty spot after Patrick Razak was fouled inside the box.

Atingah slotted past Ezenwa to double Ghana’s lead.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot again because of another foul on Razak this time by Stephen Eze.

Sarfo stepped up to complete his brace, putting Ghana goals ahead in the final.

The Ghanaians were reduced to 10 men following the sending of Atingah who received his second yellow card in the 90th-minute.

Despite being a man down, Ghana still had it in them to add a fourth goal this time from Winnful Cobbinah who was quick to play the ball inside Nigeria’s net after a goal-mouth scramble.

Ali scored a late consolation for Nigeria through a free-kick.

Teams

Ghana coach: Maxwell Konadu

Ghana: 1. J Addo, 2. Frimpong, 12. S Sarfo, 5. Atingah, 6. Abbey, 10. Cobbinah, 18. Lomotey, 7. Twum, 8. Waja (17. Razak 57’), 15. K Sarfo (9. Addo 81’), 13. Kizito (14. Adams 68’).

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 12. Aniyikaye (5. Ariwachukwu 40’), 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 7. Friday (14. Okechukwu 46’), 11. P Moses, 10. Ali, 9. Okpotu (18. Eduwo 70’).

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox
By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to our Privacy Policy & Terms of service.

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

LIVE: Presidential election results

LIVE: Presidential election results

New governors-elect in 42 counties, confirmed by IEBC [LIST]

New governors-elect in 42 counties, confirmed by IEBC [LIST]

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage