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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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drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:33:56

@abiolaakeju spot one brov

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

@Mninakwena, my brother we are now on the same page. Now you see, Ghanas dominance was around the said period you just mentioned. Okay let me ask u. When last did ghana win a trophy on african soil?

posted: 2014-01-30 08:36:39



posted: 2014-01-30 08:37:31

drugsmart 9jaNigeria has been playing international football since dark ages, I't will be stupid and childish to compare Nigeria with Bafana who started playing in international football in the early 90s, are you sick, go shit your pants, Ghana won, Nigeria lost Simple, i don't give a damn about the shit bullying, rivalry or stupid English you talking about.

posted: 2014-01-30 08:38:23

Am sure Ghanaians are all fired up thinking they are going to win this tournament. Well Ghana mostly doesn't win the next game once they beat Nigeria.

1. Senegal 1992: They beat Nigeria in the Semifinal and lost to Ivory Coast in the final.

2. Ghana 2008: They beat Nigeria in Quarterfinal and lost to Cameroon in the Semifinal.

3. Angola 2010: They beat Nigeria in the Semifinal and lost to Egypt in the Final.

You may call this mere Trivia. But it will come as a little surprise to me if Ghana yet again fail to win. They often expend all their energy against Nigeria that they are not able to perform in the next game. Well that's because Nigeria always make them give 110% performance just to win. 

posted: 2014-01-30 08:39:49

drugsmart 9ja If I pee in my Moms eyes then what will be left for your mothers mouth cos she gave birth to a toxic black toe flat head like you...my ammonia will help indeed  , No wonder in Europe they call Africans monkeys its cos of you Nigerians with flat heads... You silver-back!

posted: 2014-01-30 08:41:25

Awodwaaaaaaaabiolaakeju If you had half a brain you would have noticed that with my general command of the English Language misplacing 'Dare' with 'Dear' is more of a mistake than an error. Besides I wasn't commenting on your thread. You are nearly always foolish in your manners.  

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:42:55

@awodwaaaaaa. Now I know u are a certified insane patient. How dare u talk of our female football with such disrespect? That we lost one out of 10 trophies in african women football is now an achievement for the entire africa against nigeria? Mind u, nigeria u20 just walloped south africa 7nil on aggregate to represent africa in the u20 world cupmalong with ghana. Similarly, only nigeria, ghana and one other country will represent africa in the u17 category. Pls apart from the last female afcon that nigeria lost, I challenge u to state categorically clear here and now what other trophies or games lost by a nigerian fwmale team at whatever level here on african soil. Fool grow up

posted: 2014-01-30 08:44:29

Awodwaaaaaaa drugsmart 9ja They go around fucking up countries then call themselves smart businessmen... The only nigarian I respect is Aliko Dangote. Here in S.A you stand around the whole day injecting steroids and saying you are born well built, bullshit I know ur kind I gym wit them. Jobless with a lousy cell-phone repair shop then you drive expensive cars? These people are Toxic waste even England is ruined in some parts cos of you  

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:45:10

@awodwaaaa, you that spelt well, please there is a better way of spelling naaigeria

posted: 2014-01-30 08:46:46

drugsmart 9ja Even your females are ugly i'm sure your mother is ugly as hell...

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 08:51:16

@Icepapi you think you are smart ehn. In Europe they call Africans monkeys and that includes u. Mind u, nthenonly miss world from afrcan soil was a nigerian, we have many more down here. So go form a zebra crossing on a high way.

posted: 2014-01-30 08:51:59

drugsmart 9jaCome on brothers, let it be for the love of the game, this is not English class, its kickoff, attack on African brother by another African brother is not good, not at all. Ghana won, we wish them all the best, the same goes to Libya. Peace

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-30 09:05:51

@Mminakwena brov I tender an apology to u and all other well meaning sout Africans. This guy called Awodwaaaa is really adulteration this site and some guys are supporting him. We are here to talk football and he is busy attacking nigerians. I wish he can take this his crab to kickoffnigeria and get eaten raw. Hope my apology is well taken brov?

posted: 2014-01-30 09:09:47

drugsmart 9jaIn the name of Peace, apology accepted brother, we should stand united in football, not divided as they say sport can bring people together.

posted: 2014-01-30 09:17:29


alfa and omega wanna be. God knows GHANA will WIN.

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