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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...

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:08:55

drugsmart 9ja 

BULL SH8T FROM AN IGBO MAN FROM THE HUNGRY GENERATOR NATION. Am sure Jonathan got a HEART ATTACK and is in UK for check up as we blogg. You guys are fucked to a level that your president goes overseas for MEDICATION.

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:10:09

@Mojeros. You can only hate but you can never defeat the nigerian spirit. We are happy we lost to our brothers. Guess what? We will be behind Ghana to lift this trophy. And as for Zimbabwe, wait and swe what happens to your aouthern neighbours come 3rd place

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:10:31

Cosa Nostra 

Bull sh8t YAHOO BOY, am sure you're one of the moegoes who were toy toying outside BENONI COURT.

WORD OF WARNING next time you toy toy there the SAPS will shoot to kill.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:12:37

Cosa Nostra 

Uncivilized people like your fellow country men who still sh8t outside in the open in 2014. GOOGLE 115 Million Naaigerians have NO TOILETS by UNICEF.

Pooo nani :)

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:13:22

@Awodwaaaaa. You are always drifting from football. My best bet....is that you are a lunatic with acess to the Internet. Have you taken your mediction today?

FairComment
posted: 2014-01-30 07:14:12

Now I understand why Mbalula lashed at "bunch of losers" Bafana Bafana. Ghana showed me what to fight for your country means. They really understand donning the national colours and representing the nation. The keeper Adams has a bright future ahead of him, Dauda must watch out. Well done BLACK STARS, hardluck Nigerians, Uzoenyi Ejike, watch that boy some years to come...

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:16:30

@Csa Nostra. God bless and keep you. When you first commented, I felt u werent Nigerian but just realistic. We nigeeians love South Africana a lot. Its only on this site I feel the hatred from some south africans like Awodwaaaaaa

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:20:34

To South Africans Naaigerians took this tournament serious in a way their victory against SA was POLITISIZED by Jonathan and his boys. Am glad their PLAN DIED. Am sure Jonathan is overseas as we blogg for MEDICATION.


Other teams like Zimbabwe didn't use their SA based players who were playing for their PSL teams while CHAN is in progress.


Nigeria wanted to make a Political statement. AM GLAD THEY FAILED, AS SPORTS AND POLITICS DON'T GELL.


Sh8t banana republic and their MUTE Cash failed.

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:20:56

@Mminakwena, yea your rwsponse suggest full time maturity. So since you are so knowledgeable, in what area as prescibed by you waa nigeria deficient yeaterday. From your comment, I think Ghana has been the terrible side here. Remember, the match was won on penalties

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2014-01-30 07:22:09

My african brother forget about other issues,just give fair comments only about football on this site

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:25:22

Please my fellow SA brothers, you guys should speak up and chase the Awodwaaaaaaa guy away from this your lovely football site. This guy is really turning this site into a discovery channel.

telkom champ 2013
posted: 2014-01-30 07:25:27

drugsmart 9ja IN YOUR DREAMS GHANA ALWAYS BEAT NIGERIA. WHEN CHEALSE WON THE UEFA CHAMPS AGAINST BARCA THEY DEFENDED THE WHOLE GAME AND WON. IF YOU CANT BRAKE THEIR DEFENCE DONY SAY THEY PLAY NEGETIVE FOOTBALL THEY BEAT YOU AND ACCEPT THAT GHANA BEAT YOU

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:26:26

emma reachfight 

EMMA You must be one of those millions of IGBO HERMAPHRODITES who play for the Naaigerian Falcons. If u watch SS4 SOCCER AFRICA, Jeff Katala and Emeka Anyadike mentioned that they were suprised that PIRATES players were selected. Some teams in SA didn't take CHAN seriously. SSU, PIRATES and others had no players in that Bafana team.


Note: Pirates had met some of the players who played in CHAN when they played in Champions league.


ONE THING WE LEARNT IS THAT NAAIGERIA WAS TRYING TO MAKE A POLITICAL STATEMENT AND FAILED.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:29:00

You mentioned Okpara, hes fed by a SOUTH AFRICAN. A SOUTH AFRICAN PUTS BREAD ON OKPARA'S TABLE EVERY MONTH. Its been like this since he came to SA in 1994. If I was him I wouldn have FALSE PRIDE, because its like SHITTING ON THE HAND THAT FEEDS U.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:45:24

drugsmart 9ja 

I think that a good question for your president JONATHAN :D :D Has Jonathan taken medication after last nigts 4-1 thumping.


SabataPhosa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:46:10

Awodwaaaaaaa we thank u too my brother, we are true supporters of football

SabataPhosa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:46:49

let us also thank bloem celtic supporters for the support they showed last nite and through out this tournament

MminaKwena
posted: 2014-01-30 07:47:13

drugsmart 9jaOther thatnyesterday's game, history speaks for its self for Ghana against Nigeria, Ghananians have the upper hand in this regard, and despite the fact that Nigeria regained their form from Bafana's game onwards, they bite the dust when they play Ghana, the same with Bafana when they play Nigeria, even our best team struggle against Nigeria but overall i salute Ghana for having won the game with one man down. They remained focused and disciplined. That's good football in my opinion and mine only.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:51:03

PEOPLE OF CAPE TOWN ITS YOUR TURN TO SUPPORT "
BLACK STARS/ BAGHANA BAGHANA". The only African team that SHINES in SA tournaments. 


Bot VILLAGE CLAIMERS/Naaigeria who like blowing their horn.


PLEASE GO TO CAPE TOWN IN NUMBERS ON SATURDAY, U HAVE DONE THIS DURING THE WORLD CUP. DO IT AGAIN FOR GHANA!!!!!!!!!!

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 07:58:17

drugsmart 9ja 

In female Football u guys are no longer winning tournaments after REMOVING HERMAPHRODITES in your team and keeping one HERMAPHRODITE in the goal posts Dede.

Even SHEMAN Akide mentioned that SA beat Naaigeria in her time. 

Lastly GHANA has won junior tournaments, come on YAHOO BOY.

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