Ghana beat Nigeria 4-1 to lift 2017 WAFU

By Mutala Yakubu
Ghana beat Nigeria 4-1 to lift 2017 WAFU

Ghana had a sweet revenge over bitter rivals Nigeria after beating them 4-1 in the final of the WAFU tournament.

Ghana earlier lost 2-0 to Nigeria in the group stages of the tournament but put up a splendid performance to beat the Super Eagles.

The game started intensely with Ghana looking the brighter of the two and got the opening goal in the 45th minute after Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Sarfo unleashed a powerful shot to beat the Nigerian goalkeeper as Ghana went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Nigeria looked the more composed side in the 2nd half. Ghana Coach Maxwell Konadu quickly effected a change and brought on Hearts of Oak speedster Patrick Razak.

Konadu's change had an immediate influenced as Razak won a penalty for Ghana after being brought down in the penalty box.

The penalty was coolly converted by Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atingah in the 68th minute to make it 2-0 for Ghana.

Razak again showed his skill and pace in the 77th minute when he dazzled his way into the penalty area of the Nigerians and won another penalty which Stephen Sarfo scored his second of the day and Ghana's third.

Vincent Atingah was shown a red card after receiving a second yellow card in 85th minute.

Ghana put the icing on the cake in the 92nd minute with Patrick Razak again being involved after laying a pass for Winful Cobbina to finish and make it 4-0 to Ghana.

Nigeria pulled one back in the 96th minute but that had little bearing on the game. News