WAFU Cup: Ezenwa Named Best Goalkeeper, Despite Ghana Humiliation

Bryan Strickland
September 26, 2017

Vincent Atingah and Winful Cobbinah were the scorers for Ghana, while Rabiu Ali scored the home-based Eagles' goal.

A reckless tackle by Stephen Eze on Patrick Razak as he was driving into the Nigerian box earned Ghana another penalty in the 77th minute.

"Not the best of result for Super Eagles against Ghana, but many positives to take home".

"Indeed, the match was a true representation of our league".

In the 33rd minute, goalkeeper Ezenwa Ikechukwu pulled a great save to deny Isaac Twum.

"But immediately Aniyikaiye Adeleye, our reliable and solid rock central defender was substituted due to injury, the whole team went to sleep and was also in disarray".

"Playing before a vociferous Ghanaian crowd destabilized the players as a lot of them were facing such situation for the first time in their careers".

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"We came into this competition under pressure because we lost to Burkina Faso at home and failed to qualify for the CHAN tournament", said Konadu.

"It was a good lesson for us", said Salisu after the final between two long-time rivals.

In the second half, Coach Salkisus Yusuf brought in Gabriel Okechukwu for Ubong Friday to add pep to the midfield, but the expected renaissance lasted only a few minutes before Ghana resumed their torment of the Nigerian team.

"I am not happy that we lost, but all the same, I am impressed by the overall performance of the players in this competition".

Tormentor-in-chief Sarfo stepped up to bury the kick in the net as he grabbed his brace and 4th goal of the tournament.

Balogun will be on parade for the Super Eagles when the face the Chipolopolo's of Zambia in an all important World cup qualifiers in Uyo.

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