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Ghana fail to defend WAFU Cup in Senegal

Ghana failed to defend their WAFU Cup after losing to Senegal on penalties in the final.

The match took place on Sunday at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies.

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The local side of the Terenga Lions of Senegal won 3-1 on penalties. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes of play.

Ghana nearly went into the lead after ten minutes of action when Habib Mohammed met a left-sided free-kick from Augustine Okrah, but his eight-yard header struck the post.

Senegal exhibited their readiness to score on the 13th minute when Ousseynou Niang’s cross picked out Philippe Paulin Keny, but he headed inches over under no pressure from the defence.

The second half looked more demanding as both sides increased their output but Senegal were the more dangerous side.

The Lions of Teranga  had the bright chance to taking the lead in the 105th minute of extra time when swift work down the left resulted in substitute Youssouph Badji meeting a cross from Niang, but his eight-yard attempt struck the post.

Two minutes into the second half of extra time a goal was finally registered Badji connected with another cross from Niang, but this time he turned the ball into the net from six-yards out, 1-0.

The happiness of the Senegalese fans was short lived when Ghana equalized through Joseph Esso’s low shot.

In the penalty shoot out, Augustine Okra, Justice Blay and Fatawu Mohammed failed to score as Ghana lost 3-1.

Ghana’s captain Shafiu Mumuni was awarded the golden boot after scoring four goals in the tournament.

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