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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')

Livefyre comments on this story...

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-01-30 06:25:28

wot a strong showing by the Ghana keeper last nite,to play with a hamstring and still go on to save penalties,now that takes a lot of character,if Dauda is better than keeper,then Roger doesnt desrve to be in coaching............#Dauda for no1 @Pirates#

posted: 2014-01-30 06:30:26


K Money I fully agree Senzo needs to rest a bit competetion.

posted: 2014-01-30 06:30:48

Thank you Ghana, you played as a team and united you stoop up and showed them how to play good football even when you were on player down. Bafana should learn a lot from you guys. Ghana is winning this one.

posted: 2014-01-30 06:35:22

MminaKwena Sorry to say this guys , our best Bafana can"t beat this Ghana development side

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 06:41:30

Am suprised that Ghana could come out and play such a dangerous and negative football for a whole 120min and not even a single south african could acknowledge that. Why must you guys allow your hatred for Nigeria to overwhelm your sense of judgment? For 120min Ghana had just 3 shots at goal and you all call it football? They were too physical, rough and decided to park the bus for the entire game....please guys wake up. One thing u guys must know is that Nigeria never takes advantage of a team with one man down, history has it so, also nigerians lost hope back home wen the game got into penalty cos we seem not to be good in that aspect. Pls talk football and drop hate guys

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 06:43:14

@Mminakwena please whats your definition of good football? I think u have a problem

posted: 2014-01-30 06:43:27

PatrickMakhubuMminaKwenaYes we can beat them like we used to in the past. All we need to do is to go back to drawing board and rebuild Bafana of Lucas, Fish, Tovey...and Bafana will rise and shine again. We now have sponsorship, Nike and it is now up to SAFA to make Bafana work.

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 06:49:15

@Awodaaaaaa! Wow! I can only say that you are crazy. You know nothing about football. Nigeria will always ride on your so called luck remain kings of African football. Have you asked yourself why Nigerians always represent Africa in all FIFA organised competition including female football......the truth is, Football is made in Nigeria. Go romance a transformer

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2014-01-30 06:52:49

Truth is that there is no country in Africa with lot of talent like Nigeria.Hate it or love it.It is very scarse to get a teenager from any other country other than Nigeria  slotting in automatically without trials in major league soccer eg EPL,Bundesliga or Spanish league.With Nigerians this is common

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 06:55:01

@Phik Mypockets, we lost to Ghana last night, guess what, we nigerians will support Ghana to lift this trophy. How can u say 10man Ghana bea nigeria so they can beat Bafana by 6goals. Is that what football is all about? If you were an adult, you will condemn such negative football played by Ghana

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 06:56:51

@Cosa Nostra. You are the first realistic person to drop a comment on this site. Please tell them

posted: 2014-01-30 06:56:58

Cosa Nostra

You lost end face it. The other BULLSH8T ur spewing here is pure claims and lies.

posted: 2014-01-30 06:58:01

drugsmart 9ja 

Because hes a YAHOO BOY like u. 419ers :D

posted: 2014-01-30 06:59:47

@Cosa Nostra 

Am sure ur a ONE EYED PRICK we have seen young Ethiopians, Somalians etc..moving to big teams in EPL. Don't make use GOOGLE ooo dumb sh8t.

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2014-01-30 07:02:10

It doesnt help talking vulgar against me and to tell you the honest truth,i dont have a problem with any other country.I was just telling the truth

I dont hate.Hate is for uncivilised people 

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:04:17

@eronrag, if what you just said is true, that is because Ghana and Nigeria should have been a single country but not for boarders. They have our strength and could match our physicality. They play almost same pattern with us but lack our skills. That was why the entire game was played inside Ghanas half for the entire 120min. They played so negative and won on penalties. As Nigerians, we are proud for what we did to them yesterday. They saw football and were just kicking themselves and fouling each other. Please truth be told, Nigeria owns football in Africa

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2014-01-30 07:05:40

Talking about Ethopians,Somalians who grew and have citizenship of european countries like Zelalem

posted: 2014-01-30 07:05:54

drugsmart 9jayou want me to teach you about football? Are  you a rugby fan or a cricketer? if you are a true soccer fan who understand and/or played football, you should know what is crap football and what is a good football. A good football wins games, it has good defensive record, it is well organised, it scores goals, even if they are goal or one man down, they are able to come back strongly, their coach always have plan B when plan A fails him. He substitute the right player at the right time and the player will come in and change the game for the better. And for the record, i don't have a problem, you have a problem and please don't make your problems mine. This is not a blow by blow platform, it's football platform

posted: 2014-01-30 07:05:57

Cosa Nostra 

Im sure ur an IGBO bum, am not suprised by your EMPTY CLAIMS. You guys are known by other Naaigerians for lies. Even your socalled Igbo intellectuals like Emeagwali FAKED THEIR QUALIFICATIONS (Claimed to have PHD and inventions). Thats Igbos for u. 

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2014-01-30 07:08:52

I am not a nigerian and i have never set my feet in nigeria

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