Friday, 22 September 2017

Ali’s strike earns Nigeria WAFU Cup of Nations final spot


Nigeria zoomed to the final of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations courtesy of a 1-0 win over 10-man Benin Republic in the first semi-final of the tourney at the Cape Coast Stadium yesterday.
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The Super Eagles were tipped to qualify for final at the expense of the Squirrels but their performance left much to be desired despite the numerical advantage.

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Midfielder Rabiu Ali was Eagles’ match-winner. A tailor made pass from Anthony Okpotu released Ali who drove a grounder beyond the onrushing Benin Republic keeper Steve Glodjinon in the 10th minute of action.
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The Squirrels tried to level matters but were left undone when Koukpo Marcellin was sent off for a second bookable offense three minutes after the half hour mark.
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Despite the red card, Benin Republic looked composed and tried to grab an equaliser.
The Super Eagles were also wasteful as they missed easy chances in front of goal.
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Substitute Gabriel Okechukwu thought he had doubled the advantage for Nigeria in the 86th minute when his effort beat the keeper but Salomon Junior cleared the ball on the line.
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Nigeria will now face the winner of the game between Ghana and Niger in the final on Sunday.
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