Home Eagles fall to Black Stars in WAFU Cup final


Home Eagles fall to Black Stars in WAFU Cup final

A reckless tackle by Stephen Eze on Patrick Razak as he was driving into the Nigerian box earned Ghana another penalty in the 77th minute. Vincent Atingah stepped up for the Ghanaians and doubled their lead with a well-placed spot-kick.

The Westerlo FC of Lagos loanee was a surprise inclusion in Coach Salisu Yusuf's squad for the tournament and was impressive for the Home Eagles, helping them record five clean sheets during the tournament only to capitulate 4-1 in the final.

Stephen Sarfo scored a brace for the Black Stars while Atinga and Cobbinah scored a goal each for the hosts to seal the match for the Black Stars.

Skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament and several other players like Olamilekan Adeleye, Afeez Aremu and Peter Eneji caught the eye.

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

"To let in four goals in the last game of competition is one of those things in football", Scorenigeria.com quoted the IfeanyiUbah custodian, who captained the national team in Ghana, as saying on Monday. This game will be a great opportunity to redeem our image after we failed to qualify for the 2018 CHAN.

It was a repeat of the Group phase clash between the rivals which the Eagles won 2-0, but the Black Stars were a different class on the night, taking Nigeria apart to the delight of a heavily partisan crowd.

"That brought a bit of pressure onto the team but when we re-grouped, we made sure that we spoke among ourselves and made it a point that we are coming to this tournament to at least appease for the loss".



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