The Black Stars of Ghana lifetd the WAFU Cup 2017 on Sunday after they thrashed the Super Eagles 4-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium.
Stephen Sarfo who scored in Ghana’s previous win against Niger scored a brace for the Black Stars while Atinga and Cobbinah scored a goal each for the hosts. He was at the end voted as Man of the Match.
Rabiu Ali scored a stunning free kick late in the game, but it could not change anything as the Super Eagles settled for second place.
Ghana started the game like a house on fire and would have gone ahead in the 10th minute if Rabiu Ali was not on hand to block a Samuel Sarko effort into corner.
Ezenwa came to the Eagles’ rescue in the 33rd minute when he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Isaac Twum. Soon after, defence stalwart, Adeleye Aniyikaye copped an injury, prompting his substitution by Ariwachukwu Emmanuel.
Soon after, Ghana was 1-0 up through the rampaging Sarfo, who defied a sea of legs to plant the ball beyond Ezenwa. That was just a minute before the break.
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.
It became 2-0 when Patrick Razaq was tripped in the box and Vincent Atinga sent Ezenwa the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Sarfo made it 3-0 in the 77th minute from the penalty spot when Nigerian defender, Eze brought down a Ghanaian attacker in the box.
Ghana were reduced to 10 men in the added time when Atinga was sent off for a second bookable offence, but that did not stop them from making it 4-0 through Winful Cobbinah, who tapped home following a lovely work from Patrick Razak.
However, a late free kick success by Nigeria’s Rabiu Ali reduced the Super Eagles’ defeat, with the match ending at 4-1.