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Ghana/Nigeria: Ghana Defeats Nigeria 4-1 to Retain Wafu Cup

26 September 2017, 12:46 | Rodolfo Quinn

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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.

Stephen Sarfo who was voted the man-of-the-match scored a brace for the Black Stars, while Vincent Atinga and Winful Cobbinah scored a goal each for the hosts.

Nigeria pulled a consolation goal in added time as Rabiu Ali ideal inched free kick beat Ghana's Joseph Addo at his near post.

"The Black Stars of Ghana are a big rival in football whenever Nigeria's Super Eagles are involved but you defeated them 2-0 in front of their home crowd to qualify for the semifinals".

Striker Stephen Sarfo scored just before the half-time whistle when he fired home from inside the box. They were poor in every department of the WAFU Cup final except in the goal area where Ikechukwu Ezenwa did his best to emerge the Best Goal Keeper of the tournament.

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The Black Stars have claimed 19 wins - compared to 11 for the Super Eagles - and outscored their opponents 72 goals to 44 in the process.

The start of the second half failed to produce any fireworks until the 58th minute when substitute Patrick Razak was fouled inside the box, only a minute after coming on, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Ghana was awarded another penalty kick after Nigerian defenders infringed Patrick Razak and Sarfo stepped up to convert the spot kick in the 77th minute.

"The team is good to have qualified for the competition's final and CHAN but the authorities should organize more competitive matches for adequate exposure", he said.

But in the 90th minute Nabil Yarou pulled a goal back for Benin but it was too little, too late as Niger Republic held on to their lead.

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