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Ghana beat Nigeria to reach Chan Final

Posted: 29 January 2014 Time: 23:33

Ghana beat Nigeria 4-1 on penalties after the sides ended goalless after extra-time in the African Nations Championship semi-final at Free State Stadium on Wednesday night.

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The Final will be between Ghana and Libya while Nigeria will face Zimbabwe for the bronze medal on Saturday.

The Black Stars played a lot of the match with 10-men after they had Kwabina Adusei sent off in the 64th minute for a second bookable offence.

Neither side were able to dominate in the opening minutes although Nigeria looked the better of the two teams as Ghana stuck to their style of sitting back to defend, while launching attacks from the flanks.

Attobrah came close for Ghana in the 10th minute, but saw his shot deflected for a corner by the Nigerian defence. Abubakar Ibrahim however responded for the Super Eagles two minutes later, he could only managed to strike the side netting

The Ghanaians resorted to brute tackling to curtail the Nigerian attack with both Ejike Uzoenyi and Kunle Odunlami falling victims to heavy challenges inside the opening twenty minutes.

Abubakar was unlucky not to open scoring for Nigeria in the 27th minute, as his long range shot came off the crossbar, with Adams already well beaten.

Abubakar's missed effort sparked Nigeria into action as they ceaselessly attacked the Ghanaians who did well to keep them at bay. Uzoenyi came close to scoring for Nigeria in the 37th minute, but his shot went wide as the game remained goalless going into the break.

The first real chance of the second half fell to Ifeanyi Ede in the 52nd minute as he found his way between two Ghanaian defenders, but the Enyimba frontman could not keep his resulting shot on target.

The game remained a fierce tactical battle between the two sides, with neither of them refusing to break rank until Nigeria were handed a numerical advantage when Ghana's centre-back was deservedly sent off in the 63rd minute for yet another high boot challenge on Abubakar, barely a minute after Imenger came on in place of Ede.

Rabiu Ali missed a chance to put Nigeria ahead as he shot wide after Adams misjudged an Uzoenyi free-kick. Shehu and Esieme also had chances of their own, but their shots were not enough to trouble the Nigerian goalkeeper.

Nigeria continued to pile pressure on Ghana during the dying minutes of the regulation time, but it failed to yield any meaningful result as the game went into extra time.

Ghana's numerical disadvantage did not reflect in the opening minutes of extra time as they managed to push Nigeria backwards with a more purposeful display. Imenger had a penalty appeal turned down in the 96th minute after he wentto ground inside the Ghanaian box.

A minute later, Imenger missed a chance to put Nigeria ahead as his shot went over the bar after good work from Uzoenyi.

Ghana had a rare sight at goal in the second half of extra-time through Afful, but Agbim dealt with the threat very easily, as Christian Pyagbara came on for Abubakar Aliyu a moments later.

Imenger missed a golden opportunity to win the game for Nigeria in the 118th minute as he could only put his shot wide after a good shot from Uzoenyi with the keeper at his mercy. With both teams unable to score after extra-time, the game went into penalties.

Michael Akuffo scored the first spot kick for Ghana, and Uzoenyi levelled for Nigeria. Anobaah and Ainooson converted their respective spot kicks for Ghana, while Kwambe and Uzochukwu missed their kicks for Nigeria. Attobrah converted for Ghana to make it 4-1 in favour of the Black Stars as they booked their place in the final against Libya.


NIGERIA XI: Agbim - Solomon, Odunlami, Egwuekwe, Eseme; Uzochukwu, Ali (Obaje 81), Shehu; Ejike, Ibrahim (Pyagbara 113'), Ede (Imenger 63')

GHANA XI: Adams - Abusei, Ainooson, Tijani, Sulley; Akuffo, Opoku (Sulley Mohammed 115'), Attobrah; Bansey (Abdul Latif 76'), Anobaah, Mohammed (Afful 55')

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STEP UP YOUR GAME PLSSSSSSSSSSS
posted: 2014-01-29 23:08:30

ok

charles5480
posted: 2014-01-29 23:11:58

When a team is at one man advantage, you substitute either left or right back for an attacking midfielder or striker to give it a serious push, especially extra time when you know that your boys are not good at penalty kicks. Keshi made a tactical blunder today on this. The boys could not even pass the ball accurately to each other, what a pity. It is only Ejike who is ripe for world cup. Kwambe and the rest are awful.  

KWAME NKRUMAH
posted: 2014-01-29 23:24:16

Well done  GHANA BLACK STARS..U MADE  OUR DAY..A LONE GOAL COULD WIN A  MATCH..

10  PLAYERS   AGIANST 11 -.   U did   yur BEST TO UP GRADES AFRICAN FOOTBALL..


I HOPE    THE  PIRATES   WIL TRY DAUDA FOR ONCE, AND THEY WILL SEE WAAT WILL  HAPPEN..

  MEYIWA  CANT HIDE COS   DAUDA   IS   STRONG SPIRITUALLY TO HOLD THE  FIRST  CHOICE -IF SAR GIVES  HIM   JUST ONLY ONE CHANCE.. JUST BE  PATIENT-DAUDA-..  YUR  TIME   WILL COME..GHANA HAVE   HEARD A LOT ABT DAUDA.. DAUDA  THAT SAR SAYS HE  (DAUDA) is not ripe   ENUFF TO BE  A PIRATE SEA  ROBBER  hahahahahaha!!..   Mr SAR, GIVE THAT DUDE  ( Fatau Dauda)  A CHANCE..U WILL SEE  HOW   THE  GHANIAN  SPIRITS   WORKS   ....I BELIEVE  MEYIWA  IS  SCARED OF   FATAU DAUDA.

SO AS      THE  SAR..MAY BE    SAR TALKS  A LOT  WITH  MEYIWA-HENCE, FATAU IS STILL ON THE BENCH...GIVE  FATAU A  CHANCE   ..

kgowa
posted: 2014-01-30 03:12:04

This useless Nigerians talk too much

zabalaza18
posted: 2014-01-30 03:55:49

Youre talkin gabbage

jmafu59
posted: 2014-01-30 04:19:09

Nigeria must know that God luvs us all, they think that they own African Soccer and OKPARA talk too much . Well done Ghana

emma reachfight
posted: 2014-01-30 05:19:56

That's football for u my dear,everybody wants to win ok.Nigeria is still d best.unlucky guys.keep it up.cheers

emma reachfight
posted: 2014-01-30 05:24:51

We defeated u guys but u claim to be d best yet d guys u parade as SA stars are flops,local champions.nigerian team B beat ur best team.what a shame.so pls keep cool and work on those guys dat are full of pride.cheers

eronrag
posted: 2014-01-30 05:28:19

Ghana somehow manage to match the Nigerian strength which makes Nigeria an ordinary team when they play Ghana. Even when they were a man down they didnt drop back or fear Nigeria. All the best to Ghana against Libya in the Final. Hard Luck to Nigeria as they go and face Zimbabwe for the bronze.

deleted_20872935_HangwaniE
posted: 2014-01-30 05:37:44

Yesterday I said Ghana my favorite team, they still are the best to me, they have the strength.

oncenalways
posted: 2014-01-30 05:50:38

KWAME NKRUMAH I share the same sentiment with you, but i think the only thing we need to go to their training session and talk to Roger to field Dauda on our next game. If he doesnt n we loose we go back again but this time we are no longer talking - he must drive 250Km/h

Mojeros
posted: 2014-01-30 05:52:46

Stats shows that in 49 encounters between Ghana and Nigeria, Ghana won 19, Nigeria won 11 and rest draw. So yesterday defeat of Nigeria was to be expected although they were the most in-form team and high goal scorers. Somehow Ghana has the beating of Nigeria. The question is how? Right selection, organizational structure, let Nigerians play close the gaps and hit them on a counter since defensive they are weak. Im not a coach but soccer-loving south African if GI is a coach of SA he cant manage such a simple tactic. GI does not believe in raw and young talent, now it sink to me and understanding Mbalula's comments he was right. Let the Nigerians pack and go including their sniffing stuff, Im sure Hillbrow, Yeoville and Sunnyside was quiet and peaceful yesterday. Thank you amen! 

Phil Mypockets
posted: 2014-01-30 05:56:33

If ten men Ghana can beat eleven men Nigeria, it means eleven men Ghana can beat Bafana up to 6-0

ticoMP
posted: 2014-01-30 06:03:56

they lostoh

ticoMP
posted: 2014-01-30 06:04:35

Phil Mypockets  no...bafana always beat ghana..ghana alwasy eat nigerria and nigeria always eat bafana

ticoMP
posted: 2014-01-30 06:06:06

emma reachfight is not ghana the best?

Phil Mypockets
posted: 2014-01-30 06:09:21

TICOmp Phil Mypockets  hahahaa, they always eat each like that?

TheeBozz_K4L
posted: 2014-01-30 06:12:07

Hehehehe....very interesting food-chain. Ecosytem at its finest degree :-)

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 06:18:16

TRUTH BE TOLD SOCCER HEADS. NAAIGERIA HAS BEEN RIDING THEIR LUCK FOR A LONG TIME.


Their team was beatable, against Morocco they came back because of the powers of their WITCH DOCTORS (Yes Naaigerians are witches, fake pastors).


Against Ghana they played a team that had character.


AS SOMEONE WHO HAS GHANA BLOOD IN HIS GENES.

I WILL SAY IN CHWI/TWI "Medase paa Black Stars".


Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 06:19:47

I wanna thank CELTICS FANS, you guys are wonderful and are one of the best fans in the world.


With that kind of LOVE AND SUPPORT Ghana was never gonna lose.


Medaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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