10-man Ghana thrash Nigeria to emerge WAFU Cup champions


Ghana have emerged 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations champions after humiliating
Nigeria 4-1 in the final on Sunday night at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The Black Stars retained their title they won four years ago against Senegal in Kumasi as the revenged the group stage defeat to the Super Eagles.

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf made one change into the line-up, Stephen Eze returned from illness and replaced Emmanuel Ariwa.

Ghana head coach Maxwell Konadu named a strong line-up with Cobbina Essua and Sarfo Kwadwo leading the attack for the Black Stars.

Super Eagles defender Lekan Adeleye got injured in the 40th minute after he thwarted a Ghana attack, Emmanuel Ariwa replaced him and the goals began to rush in for Ghana.

Sarfo Kwadwo opened scoring for the Black Stars in the 44th minute when the Super Eagles defence was caught ball watching as Kwadwo let fly at the edge box which beat Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa for the opener.

The host country resumed the second half the better side and dominated the game, and pegged Nigeria to defend on several occasions.

Aremu Afeez brought down second half substitute Patrick Razaq inside his box as Senegalese referee Daouda Gueye awarded the host a penalty. Atingah Vincent stepped up and the doubled the Black Stars lead in the 60th minute.

Razaq won another penalty for Ghana 12 minutes later, this time it was Eze who brought him down inside the box. Kwadwo sent Ezenwa the wrong way and scored his second of the day and his fourth of the tournament to win the Top Scorer award.

Atingah Vincent was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 92nd minute. Cobbina Essua added the fourth goal in the additional minute, while Rabiu Ali scored a late consolation for Nigeria.

#WAFU2017 Awards:

Best GK: Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
MVP: Twum Isaac.
Top Scorer: Sarfo Kwadwo.

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