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WAFU CUP 2017 : GHANA TO FACE NIGERIA IN AN EPIC FINAL

Ghana’s Black Stars ‘B’ have managed to book a place for the finals of the ongoing WAFU Cup 2017. The Stars are billed to face their bitterest rivals and counterparts of Nigeria, the Super Green Eagles.

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Ghana brushed aside Niger in the semi final two with a 2-0 scoreline whereas Nigeria also beat Benin 1-0 in the semi final one. Both matches were played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday.

Hearts of Oak striker Kwame Kizito powered the Stars into a 33rd minute lead with a glorious header from a Winful Cobbinah corner kick before the workaholic Stephen Sarfo sealed the evening for Ghana with a brilliant finish 10 minutes from time.

Stephen Sarfo also scored the second goal when he confirmed Ghana’s win on the 80th minute. Captain Isaac Twum weighed in a cross and Lomotey volleyed for the Berekum Chelsea man to connect home for the sucker-punch.

Nigeria, meanwhile, edged Benin 1-0 in their semifinal. Rabiu Ali scored in the first half for the Super Eagles, who probably should have won the match by a more convincing margin. This will be Nigeria’s third WAFU final appearance: they beat Senegal 2-0 in 2010 to win their first and only title, while their second showing was a 3-2 loss at the hands of Togo in 2011.

Ghana and Nigeria have met in 49 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. 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.

 

Nigeria have already had a taste of each other’s performance in the WAFU tournament: the Super Eagles beat the Black Stars 2-0 in the last Group A match on Monday, though it must be noted that the home side had already guaranteed themselves top spot regardless of the result.

 

Ghana v Nigeria, head-to-head

Matches played 49
Ghana wins 19
Nigeria wins 11
Draws 19
Ghana goals 72
Nigeria goals 44

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