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WAFU CUP 2017 – GHANA WINS ON CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY

Ghana needed a controversial penalty after 90 minutes from defender Vincent Atingah to seal a group stage berth in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.

The Hearts of Oak ace stepped up to convert with a calm taken penalty to secure the Black Stars ‘B’ a 1-0 victory against Gambia.

Prior to the game, the home side led by Coach Maxwell Konadu were no doubt favourites coming into the match and were expected to beat Gambia with relative ease, having won the previous encounter 4-1 in 2013.

But a sluggish performance, especially by the attackers meant Black Stars B had to wait until the death to fetch the decisive goal.

Coach Maxwell Konadu introduced Hearts of Oak winger Patrick Razak in the 56th minute to replace Gideon Waja when the battle became very tough for the Black Stars with the mind set to create enough width by stretching the Gambian defense. and then later brought in Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Sarfo for Kwame Kizito.

With five minutes of time added on and the game heading for the lotteries of penalty, a single kick from the spot was rather used to decide the tie.

Referee adjudged the Gambia defender to have handled the ball in the box, a decision which is even being disputed by supporters. Atingah, however, did not have two minds as he tucked home the winner.

The Gambian team withheld play for sometime before accepting to allow the Ghanaians effect the penalty kick and have issued a statement in relation to the penalty given by the referee as well as other officiating decisions he took against them.

Captain Isaac Twum was adjudged as Man of the match and was presented a NASCO phone following his exploits throughout the match.

Ghana will play the winner of the game between Mali and Mauritania.

Ghana lineup against Gambia

Joseph Addo; Amos Frimpong, Emmmanuel Ampiah, Musah Nuhu/Vincent Atinga, Samuel Sarfo; Gideon Waja/Patrick Razak, Issac Twum, Kwame Kixito/ Stephen Sarfo, Thomas Abbey; Felix Addo,Daniel Lomotey

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