Revenge for Ghana over Nigeria in Wafu final
scored on the stroke of half-time to give the “Black Stars” a 1-0 halftime advantage.
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad was among the crowd a day after chairing an executive committee meeting in Accra, and he saw Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu make a crucial second-half substitution.
Konadu introduced Patrick Razak, who won two penalties that were successfully converted by Vincent Atingah and Safro to put the outcome beyond doubt.
Atingah was red-carded before Razak set up Winful Cobbinah for a fourth Ghanaian goal in stoppage time.
Stunned Nigeria managed a consolation goal five minutes into additional time through Rabiu Ali to end a match few had imagined would be so one-sided.
“We came into this tournament under pressure having failed to qualify for the African Nations Championship (Chan),” admitted relieved Konadu.
Ghana suffered a shock 2-1 home loss to Burkina Faso in a 2018 Chan qualifier after drawing 2-2 away and were eliminated.
Burkina Faso made little impact in the Wafu competition, though, falling 2-1 to Niger in the knockout first round.
Niger went on to finish third by defeating Benin 2-1 in a playoff that was not as close as the scoreline suggests.
With $200,000 prize money up for grabs, thanks to sponsorship from an American news channel, all 16 Wafu members competed.
Because the tournament fell outside a Fifa international window, teams relied largely on home-based stars. FINAL Ghana 4 (Sarfo 44, 77-pen, Atingah 63-pen, Cobbinah 90+3) Nigeria 1 (Ali 90+5) THIRD PLACE Niger 2 (Garba 29, Adebayor 86) Benin 1 (Bessan 90+2)