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Ghana wallops Nigeria to clinch WAFU Cup of Nations title

Ghana wallops Nigeria to clinch WAFU Cup of Nations title

The Stars avenged their 0-2 Group A loss with an emphatic win against a Nigerian side who until last night, had not picked any ball froom their net.

Kano Pillars midfielder Rabiu Ali scored Nigeria's lone goal late in the game, but it could not change anything as the home-based Eagles settled for second place.

So while it was the flawless story ending for Ghana's Black Stars B, it was an anti-climax for the Nigerians who were forced to suffer a 1-4 humiliation in yesterday's final watched by a capacity crowd.

In the 33rd minute, goalkeeper Ezenwa Ikechukwu pulled a great save to deny Isaac Twum.

With the clock ticking for the end of the first half, Stephen Sarfo fired Ghana in front with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box. Sarfo scored a brace in the final to take his goal tally to four in the tournament.

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In the 60th minute, just when the Super Eagles of Nigeria were chasing for an equalizer, substitute Patrick Razak got fouled by a Nigerian defender in the penalty box.

In the 77th minute Ghana was awarded another penalty as Patrick Razak was tripped down by Eze and Stephen Sarfo made it 3-0 for Ghana and his second in the game. "We lost to a better side and we didn't create chances but it has been a worthwhile event for us as we hope to improve ahead of CHAN 2018".

For players plying their trade on the domestic scene, it is enough motivation for them to go all out as Ghana and Nigeria rekindle their long rivalry in football.

Emmanuel Babayaro, an ex-international, said the final match against Ghana was a true reflection of the Nigerian league.

Niger came third by defeating Benin 2-1 in a curtain-raiser to the final.


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