Re­venge for Ghana over Nige­ria in Wafu fi­nal

African Independent - - SPORT -

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)

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