Nobody gave Nigeria any chance of survival
after two tame draws had put them at the
precipice. But the Super Eagles yesterday
stunned the Black Stars of Ghana with two
quick goals in the early minutes of the second
half of the WAFU Cup last group game held at
the Cape Coast Sports Stadium .

Tony Okpotu and Peter Eneji were the heroes
as the Salisu Yusuf led team put up a gallant
fight to leave the hosts gasping for breadth.
Nigeria showed their intention early in the
game when they took the attack to the hosts,
but the Ghanaian defence, marshaled by
Emmanuel Ampiah, Amos Frimpong , Sarfo and
Atinga ensured that goalkeeper Joseph Addo
was not troubled too much by the ambitious
Nigerians.

Before the game, Nigeria knew that they
needed to win the game to be sure of making it
to the semifinals and when the news came that
Mali were leading Guinea 1 -0 in the other game
of Group A being played simultaneously, it
became even clearer to the Eagles that they
had to do everything possible to subdue the
Black Stars .

Ghana had another script though, as they
ensured that the Eagles were limited to
potshots from afar in the first half.
However, the complexion of the match
changed in the early minutes of the second half
with Okpotu and Eneji scoring two quick goals
in the 53rd and 56 th minutes to steady the
Eagles’ flight to the semifinals .
Nigeria took the lead when Okpotu showed
great strength to hold his marker off to get on
the end of a through ball and hit the top of the
roof with a thunderous shot .

Three minutes later it was 2- 0 through another
thunderous 20 -yard strike from Eneji .
With Mali and Guinea ending the other Group
A game 1 -1 at the Nduom Sports Stadium , it
leaves Ghana top of the standings with six
points, followed by Nigeria with five points.
Guinea and Mali ended with two points apiece
in third and fourth place respectively .


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