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Egypt, Ghana play to draw in final Group E fixture – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 20:10


Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, in what was a mere formality as the Pharaohs now turn their attention to Russia.

Egypt had already qualified for a first World Cup in 28 years heading into the fixture in the Ashanti region and duly end top of Group E with 13 points from six matches.

A disappointing campaign for the Black Stars ends with them having accumulated seven points from their allotted fixtures – the tally ensuring a third place finish behind both the North African’s and Uganda.

Mubarak Wakaso – back on the international stage – expressed his intent in the early exchanges with Sherif Ekramy called into action on two occasions to deny the midfielder in the opening 15 minutes.

In whole, though, it was a rather uneventful opening stanza with Egypt’s first shot on target coming in the 43rd minute. Richard Ofori with a good save to deny Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim from a tight angle.

Ghana enjoyed a late flurry, but they failed in their attempts to break the deadlock with the two teams tied at 0-0 heading into the tunnel at the break.

Egypt emerged with more drive following the interval and duly opened the scoring throughMahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the 61st minute.

The playmaker’s left-footed rocket leaving the Ghanaian shot-stopper with little chance as Egypt hit the front. Trezequet with the pin-point cross as Shikabala made no mistake.

Their lead, though, would last all but three minutes as Edwin Gyasi leveled matters in the 64th minute. His shot taking a wicked deflection off Aly Gabr before whistling past Ekramy.

Ghana pushed forward in search of the winner and had a chance to seal all three points in stoppage-time, but Daniel Amartey was unable to force the ball home from close range after Richmond Yiadom’s s rasping effort was fumbled by Ekramy.

Ghana (0) 1 (Abdelrazek 61′)

Egypt (0) 1 (Gyasi 64′)

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.

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Ghana crowned 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations champions

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Sarfo Stephen Kwadwo celebrates goal with teammate Cobbina Winnful Essua of Ghana during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Final match between Ghana and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 24 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 22:01



Ghana were crowned the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations champions after thumping Nigeria 4-1 in the final at Cape Coasts Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 24.

A brace from Stephen Sarfo, a penalty from Vincent Atingah and an injury time strike from Winnful Cobbinah saw the Black Stars defend their 2013 title.

It was a cagey start to the game from both teams with neither venturing too far forward early on.

The first real effort on goal came in the 15th minute courtesy of a long range strike from Ghana’s Emmanuel Lomotey, but his 25-yard effort sailed inches wide of the post.

Emmanuel Lomotey was in the thick of the action again ten minutes later, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box but he was magnificently denied by the acrobatics of the Nigerian keeper from 14-yards out.

The Super Eagles shot-stopper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was definitely at his best in the 35th minute with another superb save, diving low to his left to turn a low 18-yard shot from Isaac Twum around the post.

Nigeria suffered a set-back in the 40th minute when central defender Olamilekan Adeleye Aniyikaye had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Emmanuel Ariwachukwu.

A minute before the break Ghana made their continued pressure tell when Stephen Sarfo fired the Super Eagles in front with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box, 1-0.

The start of the second half failed to produce any fireworks until the 58th minute when substitute Patrick Razak was fouled inside the box, only a minute after coming on, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Vincent Atingah stepped up for the Nigerians and doubled their lead with a well-placed spot-kick, 2-0.

In the 77th minute Patrick Razak won yet another penalty after driving into the box and being cut-down following a reckless tackle by Stephen Eze.

This time Stephen Sarfo stepped-up for Nigeria to score his second goal of the game and put the result beyond doubt, 3-0.

The only down side for the Ghana was the expulsion of Vincent Atingah after receiving his second yellow card in the 90th minute.

The icing on the cake, though, for the Black Stars was their fourth goal which was scored by Winnful Cobbinah in the 93rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box, 4-0.

Nigeria did find some consolation with a goal of their own courtesy of a 22-yard free-kick from Rabiu Ali which found the top corner of the net, but it was too little too late as the game ended 4-1.

Ghana (1) 4 (Stephen Sarfo 44’ + 78’ pen, Atingah 60’ pen, Cobbinah 93’)

Nigeria (0) 1 (Ali 95’)

Teams

Ghana coach: Maxwell Konadu

Ghana: 1. J Addo, 2. Frimpong, 12. S Sarfo, 5. Atingah, 6. Abbey, 10. Cobbinah, 18. Lomotey, 7. Twum, 8. Waja (17. Razak 57’), 15. K Sarfo (9. Addo 81’), 13. Kizito (14. Adams 68’).

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 12. Aniyikaye (5. Ariwachukwu 40’), 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 7. Friday (14. Okechukwu 46’), 11. P Moses, 10. Ali, 9. Okpotu (18. Eduwo 70’).

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Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU

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Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrating goal during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger v Benin in Cape Coast, Ghana on 24 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 17:57


A goal in each half from Idrissa Halidou and Victorien Adebayor handed Niger the bronze medal at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Benin 2-1 in a third/fourth place play-off match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 24.

It was a slow start from both teams with the first shot on goal coming in the 12th minute courtesy of Benin’s Charbel Gomez, but his 22-yard pile-driver was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Ten minutes later Niger had their first sight on goal when Boubacar Magid met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his effort went just over the target.

On the half hour mark the Menas took the lead when Idrissa Halidou met a low right-wing cross from Boubacar Hainikoye and expertly turned the ball home from 12-yards out, 1-0.

Benin suffered a further set-back two minutes later when Ibrahim Ogoulola left the field injured and was replaced by Idrissou Saliou.

Niger finished the half the stronger of the two sides with Victorien Adebayor almost doubling their lead two minutes before the break after meeting a cross from the left with a thunderous 14-yard volley, but his effort shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

Ten minutes into the second half Benin were the first to threaten, but Charbel Gomez saw his 22-yard free go just over the target.

Ten minutes later Charbel Gomez was in the thick of the action again with another powerful long range shot which the Niger keeper spilled into the path of Jacques Bessan, but he fired wide from close range.

The final 20 minutes saw Benin push forward in search of an equaliser and in doing so left themselves exposed at the back, a fact Niger took full advantage of with a counter-attack in the 85th minute which saw Victorien Adebayor find the back of the net, 2-0.

Benin did find some consolation in the dying seconds of the game when Nabil Yarou poked the ball home following a goalmouth scramble, 2-1.

Benin (0) 1 (Yarou 90’)

Niger (1) 2 (Halidou 29’, Adebayor 85’)

Teams

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou (2. Adjanakou 60’), 6. Yarou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 13. Osseni (14. Bessan 52’), 4. Hougbedji, 8. Mama, 15. Ogoulola (9. Saliou 32’), 11. Gomez , 19. Elegbede.

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 22. Losseini, 3. Lebene,17. Souley, 5. Adamou (14. Ganiyu 75’), 19. Khaido, 20. Hainikoye, 12. Dela, 23. Boubacar, 10. Halidou (4. Masour 58’), 9. Hinsa, 11. Victorien.

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Okpotu: Nigeria to make nation proud at WAFU

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Okpotu Anthony of Nigeria celebrates goal with Salisu Yusuf, coach of Nigeria during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Friday Sep 22, 2017. 16:30


Nigeria international Anthony Okpotu has expressed his happiness after netting his maiden goal for the Super Eagles.

The marksman opened the scoring as the home-based Super Eagles overcame Ghana 2-0 in the 2017 WAF Cup of Nations Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday.

As a result, Nigeria advanced to the semi-finals where they defeated Group B winners, Benin 1-0 with Okpotu grabbing an important assist at Ghana’s Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday.

The highly-rated striker scooped the 2016/17 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Golden Boot accolade after netting 19 goals in the top-flight league.

The NPFL official website spoke to Okpotu, who stated that it was a great feeling scoring for the national team.

“It is a great feeling scoring in the national team jersey. I am happy to have finally opened my goals account for my country,” he said.

According to the site, Okpotu said that Nigeria intend to make the nation proud at the West African tournament.

Nigeria will now take on tournament hosts, Ghana in the final at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

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Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire crash out of WAFU – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Ivory Coast challenged by Assane Mbodj of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Ivory Coast at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 19 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 22:24


Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire only have themselves to blame after crashing out of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations following their goalless draw in their final Group B game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 19.

Senegal came out the blocks firing and created the first chance on goal in the opening minute when Assane Mbodji met a cross from the right, showing good skill to bring it under control before shooting wide from 14-yards out.

The action quickly switched to the other end of the field when Ivorian Babou Diarra saw his powerful long range free-kick brilliantly saved by the keeper in the fifth minute.

The next opportunity in front of goal only came in the 25th minute when Daouda Dieme cut into the Cote d’Ivoire box from the left flank, beating two defenders before firing inches wide.

On the half hour mark the Elephants tried their luck from distance again, this time Fulgence Aka Essis with a stinging 30-yard effort which was superbly saved by Pape Diatta Ndiaye.

The last chance of the opening stanza fell to Senegal in the 40th minute when Daouda Dieme created more chaos down the left flank as he worked his way into the box again, but he saw his 14-yard shot tipped around the post by an acrobatic Ivorian keeper.

The half ended 0-0.

The start of the second half started slowly with the first effort on goal only coming on the hour mark when Cote d’Ivoire’s Willie Britto let loose with a 24-yard pile-driver, but his attempt was well-saved.

Seven minutes later it was Senegal’s chance to try break the deadlock from distance with captain Jean Remi Bocande’s thunderbolt stinging the hands of the Elephants keeper.

In the 77th minute Renardo Gonazo should have given the Teranga Lions the lead when he met a corner with a strong header, but under no pressure his attempt shaved the wrong side of the upright.

Both teams pushed hard for a winner in the final ten minutes, but neither could find a goal as they settled for a share of the spoils.

The result sees them both exit the tournament as Cote d’Ivoire occupy bottom place in Group B with two points while Senegal are third on four points, the same as Niger but who are below them because of their head-to-head in the competition.

Benin progress as group leaders with six points after beating Niger 2-1.

Senegal (0) 0

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Kane , 9. Diene, 5. Mendy (12. Mamadou 80’), 11. Dieme, 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 17. Badiane, 22. Mbodj, 18. A Ndiaye (10. Marone 65’).

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 8. Diarra (12. Cissoko 89), 3. Gonazo (15. N’Guessan 63’), 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. Bi N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 72’), 7. Gnangbo.

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Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Oumar Kida of Mali challenging Sylla Ismael of Guinea during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea v Mali in Elmina, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 21:57


Guinea and Mali both exited the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after playing to a 1-1 draw in their final group stage match at Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina on Monday evening.

With Nigeria having beaten Ghana in a concurrent Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to join the hosts in the semifinals, the result between the Syli Nationale and the Eagles was nothing more than academic.

Guinea started the stronger of the two teams and claimed the lead in the seventh minute through Abdoulaye Naby Camara , who netted from close range after some poor defending by the Eagles.

Mali responded strongly to going behind and mounted some promising attacks, yet it was the Syli Nationale who should have added to the score line in the 22nd minute when Abdoulaye met a cross from Diallo Bailo, only to send his header wide.

Two minutes later Guinea’s Camara Kassory sent a fierce shot on target, only to be denied by a sharp save from Diarra Djigui, while on 34 minutes Abdoulaye again failed to hit the target from a good opportunity.

Mali created the final chance of the half a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time, but Mandala Konte saw his effort kept out by Guinea goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Eagles picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, though both Oumar Kida and Issaka Samake were unable to capitalise on chances in the opening minutes.

Guinea weathered a storm from their opponents before almost adding to their advantage just past the hour mark, as Mohammed N’Diaye put his shot just wide of the target.

Mali finally found their equaliser in the 78th minute, forcing Guinea defender Abdoulaye Naby Camara to put into his own net and bring the score to 1-1.

The draw saw the Eagles finish third with two points and a goal difference of minus one, while Guinea were last with the same tally but an inferior goal difference of minus two.

Guinea (1) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 7’)
Mali (0) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 78’ og)

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. C Alseny, 5. C Aminata, 4. C Naby, 6. C Moussa, 3. I Sylla, 8. C Abdoulaye, 10. C Seydouba (7. C Sory 26’ [11. K Keita 90+1’]), 12. M Ndiaye (13. J Mouste 84’’), 9. C Kassory, 18. D Bailo

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. D Djigui, 3. B Koffi, 4. S Boubacar, 6. M Konte, 13. I Samake, 14. L Samake, 11. M Kone (7. A Malle 58’), 8. C Moussa, 17. M Traore, 9. O Kida (12. M Balo 69’), 18. A Dieng (2. EH Salime Bah 38’)

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Super Eagles soar into WAFU semifinals – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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John Ubong Friday of Nigeria challenged by Ampiah Emmanuel of Ghana during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 21:55


Second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses handed Nigeria a 2-0 win over Ghana in their final Group A game of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 18 and consequently a place in the semifinals of the competition.

The Super Eagles started fast and created their first chance on goal in the sixth minute when John Friday intercepted a bad back pass and was left with just the keeper to beat, but he fluffed his shot wide.

A minute later Ghana suffered a big set-back when Isaac Twum left the field injured and was replaced by Ahmed Adams.

Nigeria continued to boss the game and almost scored in the 13th minute when Anthony Okpotu broke behind Black Stars defence and even beat the keeper with his shot, but defender Vincent Atingah made it back to clear the ball off the goalline.

Three minutes later Peter Moses was on the attack for the Super Eagles when he drove into the box from the right flank, beating two defenders before seeing his 14-yard shot superbly saved by the keeper.

On the half hour Ghana finally created their first scoring opportunity when Emmanuel Lomotey met a corner with a strong header, but his effort skimmed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Ten minutes later Felix Addo muscled his way into space inside the Nigerian box, but saw his ten-yard strike well-saved by the Ghanaian shot-stopper.

The half ended 0-0.

Eight minutes into the second half Nigeria took the lead when Anthony Okpotu showed great strength to hold his marker off to get on the end of a through ball and clinically fired home from six-yards out, 1-0.

Three minutes later the Super Eagles doubled their lead courtesy of a thunderous 20-yard strike from Peter Moses which found the corner of the net, 2-0.

Ghana tried to find their way back into the match, but struggled to penetrate the Nigerian defence.

The Black Stars did almost score in the 72nd minute when Emmanuel Lomotey unleashed a powerful long-range free-kick, but his effort was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

That was as close as Ghana came to finding a goal as Nigeria won the game 2-0 and with it progressed into the semifinals of the competition along with the Black Stars.

With the other Group A game between Mali and Guinea ending 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 were left with two points apiece in third and fourth place respectively.

Ghana (0) 0

Nigeria (0) 2 (Okpotu 53’, P Moses 56’)

Teams

Ghana coach: Maxwell Konadu

Ghana: 1. J Addo, 2. Frimpong, 12. S Safro, 5. Atingah, 4. Ampiah (17. Razak 46’), 9. F Addo, 18. Lomotey, 7. Twum (14. Adams 7’), 10. Cobbina, 8. Waja (11. Kelvin 61’), 15. K Safro.

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 12. Aniyikaye, 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 7. Friday (15. Mathias 82’), 11. P Moses, 10. Ali, 9. Okpotu (14. Okechukwu 77’).

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Teranga Lions devour Squirrels – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Aboki Wariss of Benin challenged by Mamadoy El Fadel of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 21:59


Senegal were in rampant form in front of goal as they beat Benin 4-0 in a 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations, Group B match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Senegal started like a house on fire and should have taken the lead in the first minute when Moussa Djitte met a low right wing cross from Assane Mbodj, but the attacker skied his shot over from only a couple of yards out.

Ten minutes later Benin had their first attempt on goal courtesy of a long range pile-driver from Seibou Mama, but his effort went inches wide of the target.

In the 18th minute Benin suffered a set-back when Wariss Aboki had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Charbel Gomez.

Things got even worse for the Squirrels in the 29th minute when Senegal took the lead thanks to a headed goal by Moussa Djitte, 1-0.

Ten minutes later the Teranga Lions doubled their lead thanks to another headed goal after Mohamed Kane nodded home a pin-point corner-kick, 2-0.

Benin were on the back foot for the rest of the half and lucky to go into the tunnel only two goals behind.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first as the Teranga Lions bossed the game.

Senegal were gifted a chance to make it three goals on the hour mark when the referee adjudged Benin’s Gaston Hougbedji to have handled the ball inside the box and pointed to the penalty spot.

Ablaye Diene stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, 3-0.

Benin tried to find their way back into the game after that and created quite a few chances, but their finishing was poor as they directed shot after shot wide of the target.

Instead, it was Senegal who found the back of the net for the fourth time in the 86th minute after Amadou Dia Ndiaye poked the ball home from close range following a goalmouth scramble, 4-0.

The win takes Senegal to second place in Group B with three points while Benin drop to third place with three points as well.

Senegal (2) 4 (Djitte 29’, Kane 39’, Diene 60’ pen, Dia Ndiaye 86’)

Benin (0) 0

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 11. Dieme, 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 17. Badiane, 22. Mbodj (10. Marone 72’), 14. Djitte (18 A Ndiaye 63’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 6. Yarou, 12. Bah-Yere, 4. Hougbedji , 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (9. Saliou 77’), 17. Aboki (11. Gomez 18’), 19. Elegbede (10. Koukpo 47’), 14. Bessan.

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Elephants forget how to score against Niger – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Elephants forget how to score against Niger

Victorien Adje Adebayor. Z of Niger challenged by Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Ivory Coast during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger and Ivory Coast at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 19:05


Cote d’Ivoire have forgotten how to score after going without a goal for a second game in a row after playing to a 0-0 draw against Niger in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Niger had the first scoring chance in the fifth minute when a mistake by the Elephants keeper saw him spill the ball into the path of Victorien Adebayor, but he fired over from just inside the box with an empty at his mercy.

Ten minutes later Victorien Adebayor was gifted another golden chance to score when he broke through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he fluffed his shot allowing Jean Malcik Ble Zadi to make an easy save.

In the 24th minute Cote d’Ivoire fashioned their first sight on goal when Ousmane Ouattara met a corner-kick, but he headed over the target from two yards out when it looked easier to score.

In the 39th minute Niger suffered a bit of a set-back when Abdoul Boubacar had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Ibrahim Mansour.

Still, despite the disappointment of losing a player to injury, Niger created a great chance a minute later when a good passing move saw Idrissa Halidou meet a low cross from the right, but his 12-yard effort sailed inches over the target.

The half ended 0-0.

The second half started a little slowly with chances on goal at a bare minimum.

The first decent chance came on the hour mark when Victorien Adebayor created some space for himself 22-yards out, but his stinging shot went just wide of the goal.

Cote d’Ivoire saw a lot of the ball, but struggled to create decent openings on goal and had to shoot from range with one such effort coming in the 78th minute courtesy of Idrissa Halidou, but his shot was well-saved by the keeper.

Four minutes later Niger were on the attack with a long range effort from Abdoul Karim Cissoko shaving the wrong side of the post.

Both sides pushed forward in the final ten minutes, but neither could find a winning goal as the game ended goalless.

The result leaves Niger on four points in Group B while Cote d’Ivoire have one point.

Niger (0) 0

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Teams

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (9. Hinsa 93’), 23. Boubacar (4. Mansour 39’), 12. Dela, 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (13. S Moussa 62’).

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 8. Diarra, 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. Bi N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 93’), 15. P N’Guessan (7. Gnangbo 81’).

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Benin stun the Elephants – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Diarra Inza of Cote D Ivore challenged by Mama Seibou of Benin during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 21:59


A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goalwards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny.

Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again.

Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped into the net from only a couple of yards out, 1-0.

Cote d’Ivoire tried to find an equaliser before the break, but entered the tunnel at half time trailing by a goal.

The Elephants continued to dictate terms in the second half, but they struggled to break down a resolute Benin defence.

The first significant attempt of the second half came in the 65th minute when Kouame-Noel N’Guessan fired inches over the Benin goal from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later the Squirrels mounted only their second attack of the game, but were thwarted by the outstretched hand of Jean Malic Ble Zadi who turned a low 22-yard shot from Charbel Gomez around the post.

In the 76th minute Charbel Gomez caused another headache for Cote d’Ivoire as he dribbled his way past three defenders before being denied by the goalkeeper from close range.

The Elephants threw numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the match in search of an equaliser, but Benin held on for a famous 1-0 win.

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Benin (1) 1 (Gomez 40’)

Teams

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 12. Cissoko (8. Diarra 58’), 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 78’), 18. Voli Bi (7. Gnangbo 46’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 15. Ogoulola (4. Hougbedji 70’), 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (17. Aboki 51’), 10. Koukpo, 11. Gomez, 14. Bessan (19. Elegbede 83’).

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Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Dela Sakou Souleymane of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 18:56


An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)

Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

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Hosts Ghana geared for Guinea challenge – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Hosts Ghana geared for Guinea challenge

Nuhu Musah of Ghana challenged by Jobe Pa Omar of Gambia during 2017 Ghana WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana v Gambia at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 09 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 15:00


2017 WAFU Cup of Nations hosts Ghana will look to get their group stage campaign off to a flying start when they take on Guinea at the Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

The Black Stars only just squeezed through to the last eight on home soil, as they needed a last-gasp penalty from Vincent Antigah to beat the Gambia 1-0 in their last 16 knockout clash last weekend.

Despite the victory being somewhat unconvincing, coach Maxwell Konadu was pleased with the hosts’ showing and added that Ghana are “always slow starters in tournaments”.

Guinea also had to work hard for their place in the group phase, as they came from a goal down to beat neighbours Guinea-Bissau 2-1. Sekou Keita and Abdoulaye Camara struck for the Syli Nationale, who will be aiming to upset the hosts before turning their attention to yet more heavyweights in the shape of Nigeria and Mali.

Guinea coach Hamidou Camara emphasised that his team “deserved to win” their last 16 clash and “will be taking it one game at a time” as they progress through the demanding group stage.

Ghana and Guinea have met in 18 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Black Stars have claimed nine wins – compared to just three for Syli Nationale – and outscored their opponents 25 goals to 15 in the process.

Ghana v Guinea, head-to-head

GHANA v GUINEA

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Ugbade: Nigeria the team to beat at WAFU Cup of Nations

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 16:00


Former Nigerian international Nduka Ugbade says the Super Eagles are the team to beat at the ongoing 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.

The Super Eagles defeated Sierra Leone 2-0 in their first match of the tournament thanks to two goals from Moses Okoro and Moses Peter at Cape Coast Stadium on Monday.

Ugbade feels that Nigeria’s recent performance in their 4-0 victory over Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo was enough boost to the Super Eagles squad at the WAFU Cup of Nations.

“Defeating Cameroon in Nigeria 4-0 and drawing them 1-1 in Yaoundé is enough boost for the team, it shows the team is good,” Ugbade said on Vanguardngr.com.

“Again, such a feat is capable of putting fear in any of the teams in West Africa because everyone knows the strength of Cameroon in football.”

The Super Eagles have qualified for the tournament’s group stage contest that will see eight teams divided into two groups of four teams.

Nigeria won the 2010 WAFU Cup of Nations title as tournament hosts. They defeated Senegal 2-0 in the final at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

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Moses parts the Sierra Leone defence to hand Nigeria victory – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Moses parts the Sierra Leone defence to hand Nigeria victory

Nathaniel Tongo Vula of Sierra Leone challenged by Okoro Osadebamwen Moses (l) and Aremu Afeez Olalekan of Nigeria (r) during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 11 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 22:00


Moses Okoro and Moses Peter scored a goal apiece in the final five minutes of the tie to hand Nigeria a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone in a Last 16 match during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 11.

Sierra Leone dominated the opening exchanges and almost took the lead three minutes in when Donald Wellington drove behind the defence, but failed to beat the Nigerian keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, in a one-on-one situation.

Ten minutes later Donald Wellington was at it again when he met a low free-kick from the right, but again he was thwarted by the Super Eagles shot-stopper.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was certainly at his best for Nigeria between the sticks with yet another close range save to deny Nathaniel Tongo Vula in the 15th minute when he broke behind the defence.

The Super Eagles’ first real attempt on goal only came in the 22nd minute, but Samuel Mathias fired his powerful shot inches over from 25-yards out.

Ten minutes later Sierra Leone’s Lahai Coker tried his luck from long range, but his stinging shot was well-saved by Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was keeping Nigeria in the game.

Neither side could break the deadlock before half time as the teams entered the tunnel locked at 0-0.

Five minutes into the second half Donald Wellington should have given Sierra Leone the lead when he found himself unmarked and in space 14-yards out, but he fired hopelessly wide.

Nigeria took control of the match after that and came close to scoring in the 55th minute when Uche Akas drove into the box from the left flank, but his thunderous 12-yard shot struck the side-netting.

Six minutes later Uche Akas drove into the box again and while his shot was on target this time, the Sierra Leone keeper was on hand to make a spectacular fingertip save to deny him.

In the 76th minute Amadu Barrie was gifted a golden opportunity to give the Leone Stars the lead when he broke through on goal, but with all the time in the world and just the keeper to beat, he failed to do so after shooting straight at Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Three minutes later the action was at the other end of the park when Rabiu Ali let fly with a pile-driver from the edge of the box, but the Sierra Leone keeper made a good one-handed save turn the ball around post.

In the 85th minute Moses Okoro won the game for Nigeria with the goal of the tournament thus far after curling a 22-yard free-kick into the top left corner, 1-0.

The icing on the cake for the Super Eagles was their second goal two minutes later when Moses Peter made it 2-0.

Nigeria (0) 2 (Okoro 85’, Peter 87’)
Sierra Leone (0) 0

Teams

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 5. Ariwachukwu, 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 10. Ali, 15. Mathias (7. Friday 65’), 9. Okpotu (11. Moses 52’), 18 Eduwo (14. Okechukwu 77’).

Sierra Leone coach: Aabubakar Tos Kamara

Sierra Leone: 16. Koroma, 2. K Fofanah, 3. Suma, 15. Dunia, 12. Allie, 13. Coker, 4. Sakila, 8. M Fofanah (19. Barrie 71’), 10. Vula, 11. Alpha (7. Sesay 57’), 9. Wellington.

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Nigeria’s Okpotu eyes WAFU Cup of Nations Golden Boot

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 10:00


Nigerian international Anthony Okpotu is looking forward to helping the Super Eagles win the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations title in Ghana.

Okpotu, who plays for Lobi Stars, won the Goal King of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) on the last day of the season after scoring 19 goals.

However, the marksman says he’s not targeting the Cup of Nations Golden Boot award as his top priority is to help the Super Eagles win the tournament.

“I am not targeting the highest goal scorer in the WAFU tournament,” Okpotu told ScoreNigeria.

“I would prefer the team won the cup than for me to be the highest goal scorer.

“But if along the line the opportunity comes for me to be top scorer, I will grab it and make it a double – the cup and the award.”

Nigeria, who are under the guidance of coach Salisu Yusuf, will open their campaign in the West African competition on Monday against Sierra Leone.

The encounter will be played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the city of Cape Coast.

For more details and news on the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations visit the official website at www.wafucup.com

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The National Elephants come from behind to trounce Guinea-Bissau – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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The National Elephants come from behind to trounce Guinea-Bissau

Camara Seydouba of Guinea challenged by Tigana Quebe of Guinea-Bissau during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 10 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 21:55


Goals from Sekou Ketia and Abdoulaye Camara saw Guinea come from behind to beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 10.

The Djurtus took the ascendancy early on and opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Gilson Correia headed a pin-point free-kick from the left by Tigana Quebe into the back of the net, 1-0.

Guinea almost levelled matters in the 27th minute when a shot-cum-cross from the right by Seydouba Camara came back off the crossbar.

Three minutes later the National Elephants were afforded the perfect opportunity to equalise when Hemiliano Gomes Lopes pulled Ismael Sylla down inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Sekou Ketia stepped up for Guinea and made no mistake from the penalty-spot to draw the game level, 1-1.

In the 40th minute the National Elephants took the lead after a great passing move inside the Guinea-Bissau box concluded with Abdoulaye Camara slotting home from close range, 2-1.

The second half started slowly and chances on goal were at a bare minimum.

The first real opportunity of the stanza only came on the hour mark courtesy of a stinging 25-yard free-kick from Guinea’s Seydouba Camara, but the Djurtus keeper made a find save to deny him.

In the 78th minute Guinea-Bissau almost equalised when Mutaro Embalo broke into the box from the left flank, but his shot from an acute angle was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Djurtus threw numbers forward in search of a second goal, but Guinea defended stoutly to hold on for a hard fought 2-1 win.

Guinea (1) 2 (Keita 32’ pen, Abdoulaye Camara 40’)

Guinea-Bissau (1) 1 (Correia 15’)

Teams

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. Alseny Camara, 4. N Camara, 5. A Conde, 3. I Sylla, 17. D Bangoura, 8. Abdoulaye Camara, 13. M Jean (7. Sory Camara 86’), 10. S Camara, 11. K Keita (Cisse 71’), 15. S Keita (K Camara 62’).

Guinea-Bissau coach: Domingo Nafatcha

Guinea-Bissau: 12. Rui Dabo, 13. Mane, 14. Correia, 5. Lamine Ba, 17. Lopes, 6. Djalo, 10 Embalo, 8. Pires, 7. Quebe, 11. Embalo, 9. Da costa (18. Junior 60’).

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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot

Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrate goal with team mate during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Burkina Faso v Niger in Cape Coast, Ghana on 10 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 18:56


A second half goal from Idrissa Halidou handed Niger a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 10.

The match started a little slowly with both sides squandering possession in the final third of the field.

The first real chance on goal came in the 17th minute when Niger’s Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana cut in from the left flank, beating one defender before firing just over the target from 20-yards out.

Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana was at it again eight minutes later when a powerful shot from the edge of the box deflected inches wide of the goal.

Burkina Faso came within inches of taking the lead on the half hour mark when Romeo Boni met a low left-wing cross from David Emmanuel Gora, but his eight-yard shot struck the crossbar.

The tournament saw its first goal from open play four minutes later when Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana showed great strength to fight off a defender and latch onto a through ball before duly lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper, 1-0.

Despite taking the lead, Niger suffered a bit of a set-back in the 40th minute when Hutmanu Ganiyu left the field injured and was replaced by Abdoul Moumouni Boubacar.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Niger.

Burkina Faso came out firing at the start of the second half and made their pressure tell on the hour mark when substitute Hassamy Sansan Dah turned home a low right-wing cross from Adama Barro at close range, 1-1.

Niger, though, quickly hit back and took the lead for the second time in the 71st minute when Idrissa Halidou slipped in behind the Burkina Faso defence and slotted the ball between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tried to find their way back into the game for a second time and threw numbers forward in attack, but they failed to break down the resolute Niger defence and exited the WAFU tournament.

Burkina Faso (0) 1 (Dah 59’)

Niger (1) 2 (Soumana 34’, Halidou 71’)

Teams

Burkina Faso coach: Brama Traore

Burkina Faso: 16. Ouedrago, 18. Bambara, 6. Couilbaly, 5. Beao, 3. Gora, 11. Barro, 4. To, 17. A. Traore (Zongo 88’), 10. Sylla, 7. Nana (9. Ahiro 66’), 14. Boni (13. Dah 50’).

Niger coach: Francois Zhaoui

Niger: 1. Dauda, 3. Lebne, 10. Halidou, 11. Victorien (8. Daouda 85’), 12. Dela, 13. Soumana, 14. Ganiyu (23. A. Boubacar 40’), 15. Abdoulaye, 17. Souley (19. Khaido 90’), 18. Dankwae, 20. Hainikoye.

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Yusuf names strong Nigeria squad for WAFU Cup of Nations – African Football

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 16:00


The Super Eagles squad for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations has been revealed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Ghana between 9th-24th September.

Salisu Yusuf, the Nigeria assistant coach, will be in charge of the squad at the West African tournament.

The tactician has selected goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, and 16 other players for the competition.

Nigeria will play Sierra Leone in the first round of the tournament (which is a knock –out) on Saturday, before eight teams emerge for a group phase competition.

Nigeria squad

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Osas Okoro (Rangers International); Adeleye Olamilekan (FC IfeanyiUbah); Daniel James (Plateau United)

Midfielders: Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors); Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)

Forwards: Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars); Peter Eneji (Plateau United); Ubong Friday (Akwa United); Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)

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Togo prepare for WAFU CUP OF NATIONS and AFCON qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Togo prepare for WAFU CUP OF NATIONS and AFCON qualifier

Bebou Ihlas of Togo challenged by Faycal Fajr of Morocco during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Togo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 16:00


Togo are camping in Morocco as part of their preparations for their next 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

Claude Le Roy, the Togo head coach, is busy preparing his side for the AFCON Group D qualifier against Benin which will be played in March, 2018.

The Sparrow Hawks recorded a 2-0 victory over the Menas of Niger at the Stade d’Agadir in the Moroccan city of Agadir on Thursday.

Dove Wome, who is plying his trade in South Africa for SuperSport United, opened the scoring for Togo 26 minutes into the encounter.

Togo’s lead was doubled by Mathieu Dossevi, who recently joined French club Metz from Belgian outfit Standard Liege, four minutes into the second-half.

Togo XI vs. Niger: Bassa Djeri Sabirou (G) – Djene Dakonam, Simon Gbegnon, Ouro-Sama Hakim, Steve Lawson-Mathieu Dossèvi, Atchou Franco, Atakora Lalawelé, Womé Dové-Fo-Laba, Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Sparrow Hawks will now face off with Malawi in another international friendly match at the Stade Al Inbiaate in Agadir on Monday.

Togo are scheduled to participate in the 2017 WAFU CUP OF NATIONS which will be hosted by Ghana between 9-24 September.

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Benin preparing for WAFU Cup and AFCON qualifiers – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Benin preparing for WAFU Cup and AFCON qualifiers

Stephane Sessegnon of Benin/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 16:00


The Benin Football Federation (BFF) will ensure that the Squirrels are active during the next two FIFA international breaks.

Benin will not be taking part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and they are set to play a friendly match against Equatorial Guinea on 3 September 2017.

The president of the BFF, Anjorin Musharafou, has revealed that they are working on securing a friendly match against Iraq for next month.

The Squirrels are also expected to take on Gabon’s Panthers in an international friendly match in October 2017.

“Benin will play in a friendly on 3 September against Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next October,” Musharafou said on DZFoot.com.

“Benin will hopefully play against Iraq in September 2017. We are still negotiating with Agent Jérôme Champagne.”

The friendly matches are expected to help Benin prepare for the upcoming 2017 WAFU Nations Cup which will be hosted by Ghana next month.

The Squirrels will also take on Togo in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in March, 2018.

One of Benin’s key players is Stephane Sessegnon and the Squirrels are under the guidance of Oumar Tchomogo.

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Ghana to host 2017 WAFU Cup

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 14:00


Nigeria have been pitted against Sierra Leone in the draw for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament which took place in Accra, Ghana.

The West African competition has been scheduled for September 9 – 24, and teams are expected to feature wholly home –based professionals.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana.

Mali and Guinea are also involved in a unique format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals.

All the teams in Group A will play in Takoradi, while Group B which includes Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic will be based in Cape Coast.

The last WAFU tournament was hosted by Ghana in 2013. Black Stars won the tournament after defeating Senegal 3-1 in the final.

2017 WAFU Cup Groups:

GROUP A

Ghana vs The Gambia

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone

Mali vs Mauritania

Guinea vs Guinea Bissau

GROUP B

Senegal vs Liberia

Burkina Faso vs Niger Republic

Cote d’Ivoire vs Togo

Benin Republic vs Cape Verde

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