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Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

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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
Maxwell Konadu: We will be ready for semi final

Maxwell Konadu: We will be ready for semi final

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Ghana Black Stars B coach Maxwell Konadu expect his side to be ready for the semi final game on Thursday despite most of his players suffering an injury against Nigeria. Skipper Isaac Tswum, Gideon Waja and Amos Frimpong picked a knock during the game against the Super Eagles but Maxwell Konadu believes his side should be ready for the game The Black Stars failed to record their fourth straight win against the Nigerians at the Cape Coast Stadium after earlier beating Guinea, Gambia and Mali.Two second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses in the 53rd and 56th minutes ended Ghana's unbeaten run in the competition. “I think the game against Nigeria was a difficult one, but all the same I have to congratulate the boys for what they did even though we lost gam
Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

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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...
Niger coach doesn’t fear Black Stars

Niger coach doesn’t fear Black Stars

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Niger are not scared to face hosts Ghana in the semifinal of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations, says assistant coach Cheik Omar Diabate. The Menas played out a 0-0 draw with Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday, September 17 in Cape Coast to amass four points in Group B. Finishing second in the pool will see them draw the Black Stars who are guaranteed top spot in Group A after two straight wins. "Every team would like to avoid the host nation, but we have seen Ghana play so many times, we don't fear them," said Diabate. "If we happen to meet them, we can beat them because we have seen their matches before coming here. "Should we meet any team in the semifinal, we are ready. Our objective is to reach the final no matter who our opponents are, if they are either Nigeria, Mali, Guinea ...
Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears early exit

Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears early exit

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Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears his side could face early elimination after a 2-1 defeat to Niger on Friday, September 15 in their opening Group B match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. The Teranga Lions were the better team in the second half and managed to level the scores in the 61st minute thanks to a goal from Assane Mbodji. This was after Niger had gone ahead on 28 minutes through Victorien Adje Adebayor, but a late goal from Hinsa Issoufou in the 89th minute handed Niger the win. “Let me first congratulate our opponents Niger for winning this match,” said Seck after the loss. “Who said Senegal is a favorite for the tournament. “All the teams here are equal only for the players on the pitch to fight to change things. “Our first match wasn't good but today we
Wafu Cup: Steve Pollack optimistic Ghana will go far

Wafu Cup: Steve Pollack optimistic Ghana will go far

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko head coach Steve Pollack believes the Black Stars B side can go far in the 2017 WAFU tournament. The Black Stars defeated Guinea Conakry by 2-0 on Thursday evening in their Group A opener at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. Steve Pollack who was at Cape Coast to witness the game said he is optimistic Ghana can go far in the tournament looking at their performance. "I think they'll go far if they'll gel a bit more and a bit quicker too" the English coach said after the game. Black Stars B are currently leading group A with 3 points after one game but will be hoping to seal their qualification to the next round by beating Mali when they meet later Today.
WAFU Cup: Ivory Coast seek Benin scalp

WAFU Cup: Ivory Coast seek Benin scalp

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Ivory Coast will open their Group B campaign at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations with a match against Benin at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off at 18h00 local time. The Ivorians were forced to scrap for their place in the last eight of the competition, as they needed penalties to overcome Togo after a goalless draw in their knockout round clash on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be the hero after saving two penalties and scoring one himself to help his side prevail 4-3 in the shootout. “I’m congratulating my boys for fighting and give a chance for our team to go to the group stage,” Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara said after the match, while also acknowledging that their main aim at the WAFU competition is prepare a strong side