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Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

African Sports
Nigeria coach Salisu Yusif praised the efficiency of his team as they beat hosts Ghana 2-0 on Monday, September 18 in their last Group A match to reach the last four of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. Second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses in a spate of three minutes swiftly improved their fortunes. The Super Eagles had drawn their opening two matches in the group phase and needed a win to remain in the competition. Nigeria's positive response excites head coach Yusuf who made five changes to the starting line-up that faced Guinea. “Against Ghana we took our chances,” said the Super Eagles coach. “In the first half we couldn't score. In the second half, our first two chances we scored the goals and we still missed some two chances. “Like I told you earlie
Super Eagles soar into WAFU semifinals

Super Eagles soar into WAFU semifinals

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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 mad...
WAFU: Black Stars ready for Super Eagles showdown

WAFU: Black Stars ready for Super Eagles showdown

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The Black Stars will hope to continue their splendid performance in the ongoing WAFU Cup competition with another win over bitterest rivals Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium today. Ghana hope for a comfortable win over the Super Green Eagles later today as they lock horns in the Central Regional capital of Ghana. Games between these two countries at any level is treated with keen interest from both sides which makes the game very promising one. Ghana has already booked their place to the next round of the competition but has vowed to send their noisy neighbors back to their country by beating them convincingly. Coach Maxwell Konadu and his men are very optimistic they will be at the smiling end after the full time. But the Super Eagles, who have no...
Ghana to make changes in team to face Nigeria

Ghana to make changes in team to face Nigeria

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Coach Maxwell Konadu is likely to make changes in his line up for the epic clash between Super Green Eagles of Nigeria and the Ghana Black Stars in the final group stage game of the ongoing Wafu tournament. The Black Stars coach will make changes to the team which beat Guinea and Mali in the first two games in Group A last Thursday and Saturday. This move is to allow some players who have not had a chance in the competition get some game time and also give rest to the others. The Black Stars have already booked a place in the Semi final of the competition and find it proper to allow others get a feel of the competition. Coach Konadu and his boys are hoping for a hundred percent record in the Group stage as they face rivals Nigeria who are struggling to qualify from the grou...
Eagles fail to soar in goalless draw

Eagles fail to soar in goalless draw

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Neither Eagles could soar as Mali and Nigeria played to a goalless draw in the opening Group A match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 14. The first shot on goal came in the eighth minute when a goalmouth scramble inside the Nigerian box fell to Mohamed Traore, but the Eagles attacker volleyed over the target from 16-yards out. Ten minutes later the Super Eagles had their first shot on goal when Uche Akas fired a stinging 22-yard free-kick into the arms of the Malian keeper. In the 33rd minute Nigeria came close to scoring again when Stephen Eze met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his ten-yard effort was well-saved by the goalkeeper. Neither side could break the deadlock before the half time whistle. The secon...
WAFU organizers reveal change for group phase fixtures

WAFU organizers reveal change for group phase fixtures

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The late arrival of Nigeria for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations has forced the organisers to revise their fixtures for the ongoing competition in Ghana. The organisers and television rights holders, Fox Sports, revealed that the Super Eagles' clash with Sierra Leone which was supposed to have been played on Saturday, September 9 was delayed till Monday, September 11 to allow for players to take part in the final round of league matches in Nigeria. This means Senegal's game with Liberia became the second game of the competition which brought misunderstanding with suggestions that they would play Ghana on Thursday, September 14 in a Group A game. However, organisers said because of the change in the knock-out phase of the matches, some changes have occurred, forcing some changes in...
Moses, Peter goals hand Nigeria win in WAFU

Moses, Peter goals hand Nigeria win in WAFU

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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...
Fatau Dauda thankful for a successful season

Fatau Dauda thankful for a successful season

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Ghana Black Stars goal Keeper Fatau Dauda is delighted and thankful for a successful season in the Nigeria league with Eyimba FC. The experience safest pair of hands joined the Nigerian giants at the beginning of the season from Ghanaian side Ashantigold. The former Okwawu United goalkeeper helped his side to a third place finish in the Nigeria league with 61 points 5 points behind league winners Plateau United. Fatau Dauda has in the past played for South African sides Orlando Pirates and Chippa United and was the first choice goal Keeper for the Black Stars for the 2013 Afcon. This is what the keeper posted on his twitter account. lion 16‏ @fataud1 1 Alhamdulilaah for a successful season, Allah we appreciate the position you put us on the league log, back to cont
WAFU Cup: Nigeria take aim at Sierra Leone

WAFU Cup: Nigeria take aim at Sierra Leone

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Nigeria will start as favorites when they face Sierra Leone in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, kick-off at 18h00 local Ghanaian time. Known by the nickname ‘Super Eagles’, Nigeria will be making their fourth appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations. They were part of the eight-team field at the cancelled inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast before hosting the event twice in succession in 2010 and 2011, finishing as champions in the former and runners-up in the latter. Known by the nickname ‘Leone Stars’, Sierra Leone will be appearing at their third WAFU tournament. They were part of the eight-team field at the inaugural competition in Ivory Coast in 2002 which was cancelled due to the outbreak of civil war
Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

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Nigeria are hoping to persuade Swansea City teenager Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles rather than England. On loan from Chelsea, the striker was born in London but can play for Nigeria through his father. The 19-year-old has already played for England at youth level but can still switch allegiances because he has yet to play for the senior side. "We are working on getting Abraham," said Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick. Tammy Abraham's full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-AbrahamPinnick is hoping his relationship with Abraham's father can help his bid. "Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighborhood," he said. "So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do." Abraham has scored t...