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.
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
Ghana goals 72
Nigeria goals 44