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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 10:00:06

drugsmart 9ja 

NAAI IN S.A. AFRIKAANS SLANG means ANUS/ASSHOLE the deeper part. Naaigeria :) That explains my spelling.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 10:05:02

drugsmart 9ja 

I have been to KO Naaigeria. Nairaland etc.....Im not scared of them and they know. 

sydwell
posted: 2014-01-30 10:54:17

new story ja re e

Icepapi
posted: 2014-01-30 12:29:42

drugsmart 9ja Why do u like bleaching ur skin? you should bleach ur lips and toes too if u really wanna do it. south Africans don't have flat heads at the back ask trevor noah,lol.... you guys r damn ugly. the only time its better is if its a mixed 9ja otherwise thoroughbred yol r ugly like ur mama. DRUG PUSHING MOUNTAIN GORRILLAZ!!!! Get a fucking legit business. I doubt u doing anythn constructive in my country urself. Ease on the steroids n go home if you stay sell legal merchandise klaar

Icepapi
posted: 2014-01-30 12:30:53

Dankie Ghana!!!

Icepapi
posted: 2014-01-30 12:32:22

Awodwaaaaaaa See why they hardly marry their own....

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 14:00:57

Icepapi 

FOOTBALL AND POLITICS DON'T GELL THEY MUST LEARN/Naaigerians.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-30 14:20:51

@Ice 

WHAT JONATHAN HAS BEEN HIDING TO NAAIGERIANS.

(1)- South Africa still has the most diversified/sophisticated economy in Africa. 

(2) South Africa has the best infrastructure (roads, rail, airports, seaports, telcommunications, hospitals, higher institutions etc)in Africa.

(3) South Africa’s power output (over 48,000MW) dwarfs that of Nigeria (about 4,000MW).

(4) South Africa is the only country on the African continent that has and operates nuclear power plants 

(5) The JSE (with a market capitalisation of over $1trillion is the largest stock exchange on the African continent. The Nigerian Stock exchange is the second largest with a market capitalisation of about $114billion.

(6) The busiest and largest Airport in Africa is the Oliver Tambo airport in Johannesburg, which had over 18 million passangers in the year 2012/13. It can also accommodate the Airbus 380 – the largest commercial passanger plane in operation at the moment. 5 South African airports are ranked higher than all USA airports.


 Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos handled just over 7 million passangers for the year 2012/13. None of our airports (MMA included) can handle the Airbus 380.

(7) GDP per capita for South Africa is about $10,800 whilst that of Nigeria (with the rebasing) will be about $2,600. South African cities Joburg GDP per $ 167 billion, Cape Town $ 112 billion, $ 45 billion Durban, $ 25 billion.....

Nigeria cities Lagos GDP $ 87 billion, the rest are jokes.

(8) The biggest banks and telecoms companies on the contient are South African. 

(9) South Africa’s economy has a rating of BBB which is investment grade. Nigeria has a rating of BB-, which is three notches below investment grade. 

(10) For ease of doing business out of 182 countries, South Africa is rated at No.52 in the World, whilst Nigeria is rated 147.SA is building 4 mega cities Steyn City, Savanna City, Wescape, Cornubia at the same time without oil money :) while cities like Cape Town and Joburg, Durban are already doing FEASIBILITY STUDIES on their new growth..

I could go on and on. In a nutshell :) Naaigeria still has over 100 years to catch up with SA INFRASTRUCTURALLY.

anyisharp
posted: 2014-01-30 17:01:27

Awodwaaaaa you know South Africa is better than Nigeria, there is no contest, why do you hate people that you are better than? Here is some advice ( I suspect you will respond with insults as usual) your pre-occupation and obsessive hatred of Nigeria reflects an inferiority complex, if you truly believe you are better, then zip the vulgarity and xenophobic language and allow facts to stand by themselves . Again I agree that South Africa is 100 years or more ahead than Nigeria in all aspects. We have a lot to learn from you, make it easier please and don't unburden the effects of apartheid on the uncivilized horrible Nigerians you despise so much. Lastly take it easy it is just football, the better side won yesterday ,well done Ghana.

Baba1000
posted: 2014-01-30 21:57:39

Awodwaaaaaaa ..Your hatred for Nigeria will soon choke you to death..You re too childish,grow up.

Icepapi
posted: 2014-01-31 07:03:15

Awodwaaaaaaa If they disagree then what r they doing here...THEY GONNA LEARN TODAY!!!

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