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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...

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 07:58:37

@Awodwaaaaaa. Your father!

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:00:54

drugsmart 9ja 

Is this an insult if thats the case. I will reply :D

YAHOO BOY!!!!!!

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:03:23

@Awodwaaaaaa. Your mother

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:05:30

drugsmart 9ja 

Kwasia mpani !!!!!!!!! ha ha am already WALKING ON TOP OF U MOTHEFVCKER. Scream for HELP poo nani.

Icepapi
posted: 2014-01-30 08:07:16

drugsmart 9ja Cos you were the first African nation to help flood our streets with drugs, then still want to call us brothers.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:07:38

drugsmart 9ja 

Am sure ur from the nation of 419ers, whores and bitches, false claimers and losers.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:08:49

drugsmart 9ja 

I HATE U BACK SON OF A WHORE FROM ANAMBRA STATE!!!!!!!

Dooba
posted: 2014-01-30 08:11:27

I am happy for the Libyans, and will be supporting them in the final. This achievement will help them restore hope for their country.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:11:33

drugsmart 9ja 

Thanx for confessing you hate SOUTH AFRICA. Now we have a reason to hate ya'll.

msxl86
posted: 2014-01-30 08:15:37

I would have loved to c Nigeria and Zimbabwe in the final, Ghana and Libya are a bit defensive for my liking.

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:16:36

@Mminakwena Thank God your said in your opinion. We have won Ghana 11times, lost 20times amd drawn 10times. Well worthy of mention is the fact that most of Ghanas dominance came over nigerian came wen they were a major power house in African footbal in the 70s which ofcos has 4Afcon trophies to show for it please do your analysis of Ghana bs Nigeria from early 80s to date within which nigeria has gotten 3Afcon trophies, then u will agree with me that Nigeria rules modern football in Africa. I wish u can drop sentiment and analyse football. It is a known fact that all African teams play to thier best when the opponent is Nigeria but Ghana will kill themselves not to loose to nigeria. Record shows they have 9more wins over us. Well records are made and can be broken. With the amount of players produced by nigeria on daily basis, I see that record as something to be overcomed. Amazingly only Ghana has such an amazing record over nigeria, not even Brazil, Argentina or Italy has

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:18:31

Cosa Nostra 

STUPID POST NAAIGERIAN. THAT DOESN'T CHANGE THE FACT THEYR SOMALIANS, ETHIOPIANS etc...

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:21:36

@ICEPAPI I think you have got Ice in your brain. You need help.

See me see wahala oo. Who dey call HIV candidate like you brother? Abegi, if u never chop you antiretroviral today, make you hurry do so before your cd4 go drop and u go begin find life. You dey crze you hear! We have lovely brothers and sisters all over nija and if we need more, we have still have some togelese, ghanians, senegalese and so on as brothers. So ho pee into your mums eyes. You fool

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:21:37

msxl86 

Me thinks ur a Zimbo, sorry you wanted to have something to bragg about but FAILED.

GHANA ALL THE WAY.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:25:37

drugsmart 9ja 

Yes I agree with ICEPAPI how do u sell drugs to someone you call brother or sister?????

Again am sure you saw that South Africans have no problem with other Africans. We Ethiopians, Congolese,Gabonese,Ghanaian immigrants etc parading their countries flag and SA flag just to show theyr happy with their host.


Its a different case with Naaigerians theyr HATED ALL OVER THE GLOBE.

India,China,UK,USA etc...because theyr a DISGRACE TO HUMANITY. All they do is distroy other peoples lives.

abiolaakeju
posted: 2014-01-30 08:26:15

MminaKwena How dear you compare Ghana/Nigeria to Nigeria/South Africa. For the avoidance of doubt...

1. Yesterday's game counts as a draw.

2. The head-to-head record shows Ghana has won only 19 times out of 49 games against Nigeria. That is less than 40% win ratio against Nigeria.

3. Conversely, Nigeria boasts 75% win ratio against South Africa who have not even won a single competitive game against Nigeria (they have not even single score a goal in open play).

4. It is true that Nigeria hasn't beaten Ghana for the past 8 years. 

5. However, that is still 7 years short of the 15 years between 1992 and 2007 that Ghana repeatedly failed to beat Nigeria.

6. Ghana may have a slight edge at the moment but they are not in any way superior to Nigeria.

VERDICT: Ghana/Nigeria = Rivalry

                    Nigeria/South Africa = Bullying

MminaKwena
posted: 2014-01-30 08:27:15

drugsmart 9jaAre you talking about the dark ages when some other countries where not on FIFA calender brother. Remember most countries featured on FIFA and CAF calender not so long ago, so if you talking about 1950's during unfair competitions, then I'm out brother.

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:29:36

@ICEPAPI I think you have got Ice in your brain. You need help.

See me see wahala oo. Who dey call HIV candidate like you brother? Abegi, if u never chop you antiretroviral today, make you hurry do so before your cd4 go drop and u go begin find life. You dey craze you hear! We have lovely brothers and sisters all over nija and if we need more, we have still have some togelese, ghanians, senegalese and so on as brothers. So go pee into your mums eyes. You fool

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 08:29:40

abiolaakeju

HOW DARE NOT DEAR. ENGLISH PLEASE NOT ENGRISH.

Thank you!!!!!

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:31:08

@awodwaaaaaa, yes why wont you agree with Icepapi, wen u both have same clinic days?

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