PREVIEW: Ghana vs Nigeria - Final of the WAFU tournament Featured
24 Sep

PREVIEW: Ghana vs Nigeria - Final of the WAFU tournament

The long scheduled WAFU tournament that was organized among West African countries to be held in Ghana reaches it final hurdle between the host country, Ghana, and Nigeria at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium this evening.
The tournament started on a very quirky note where countries to complete the sixteen-nation-tournament were not in full present before the opening game of the tournament which sounded rare and unexpected.
Nigeria, who are in the final of the tournament had to defer their opening game to the next day to allow them finish their local league before joining in for the tournament in Ghana of which they surely got their request done.
It took the Nigerians penalty kicks before they made it into the group stages of the tournament but have gradually picked themselves up in the tournament poco a poco by improving match after match.
Nigeria needed a win in their last group stage match against Ghana who they are playing the final against before they can qualify into the second knock out stages (the tournament started with knock out stages) which they did with certainty and much authority against the host nation.
Reaching the final has not come on a silver platter for the Nigerians as they have toiled hard for it when they had the better of the Benin local side in the semi final by beating them by a lone goal after ninety-minutes.
But that is not enough for the Nigerians to be pronounced the champions of WAFU until they are able to overcome a cumbersome Ghanaian challenge since Ghana has arguably been the best team thus far in the tournament.
A team that did not look very much convincing in the opener of the tournament where they only got the winner of the game that sent them into the group stages of the tournament on the last minutes of added which sparkled a lot controversies from the losing side Gambia.
The Ghanaian team, since their opening game shambles, has been a mammoth side for their opponents to handle beating Guinea and Mali in the group stages before losing to their opponents in this final fixture, Nigeria by two goals to nil in a game that had already saw the host nation qualify into the next stage of the competition.
This tournament has given so much room for some "unknown" players from various participating countries to exhibit what they have as quality of such and Ghana has also been a major beneficiary.
Vincent Atinga who before the tournament was not touted as a material for the local side has proved his mettle right that he has always been a reliable source with his fine display and resolute defending for the Black Stars 'B' not forgetting his pairing partner Samuel Sarfo and Stephen Sarfo who has scored twice in this tournament.
On paper, Ghana should be a bit ahead of Nigeria in overall performance in the tournament but Nigeria are yet to concede a single goal in this tournament and are psychologically well mentored ahead of their opponents who suffered a two nil cushion at their hand in the group stages of the tournament.
That notwithstanding, any of these two countries that wins the tournament should be a worthy winner with shoulders held high as kick off for the final game is exactly 6 pm at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
By: Lateef Abdul Sadick 
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