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WAFU 2017: Nigeria to face Ghana on Thursday as they ease past Sierra Leone

Nigeria confirmed their status as a statutory powerhouse in West Africa after
defeating a determined Sierra Leone side in Cape Coast to cap off the
opening knockout stages of the 2017 WAFU tournament.

Just 24 hours after the home based Super Eagles touched down in Ghana, they
treated football fans that trooped to the Cape Coast stadium with the spice
and artistry this competition had sorely missed in the previous matches.
Despite Gernot Rohr’s absence, assistant, Salisu Yusuf lead his green army to a
2-0 victory over the home based Leone Stars in their first outing of the
tournament.

After a keen contest in the first half with Sierra Leone having the best of
chances to open the scoring for the night, it was Osas Moses Okoro that scored
from a spectacular free kick to break the virginity of the game.
In a space of three minutes, it was the turn of Plateau United FC winger, Peter
Eneji to put the contest to bed, after a neat exchange with a teammate, Eneji
put the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper at the far post to seal victory
for Nigeria.

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Sierra Leone will have no one to blame for their defeat, unlike their Gambian
counterparts, as they journey back to Freetown, the Leone Stars squandered
God-given, begging opportunities especially in the first half and also had
flashes of good goal scoring chances but chose to be profligate in front of
goal.

Despite the profligacy of the home based Leone Stars, Ifeanyi Ubah FC
custodian, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, put in a man-of-the-match display as he came
to the rescue when the rear guard was carved open by Ronald Wellington and
his teammates.

Nonetheless, both teams sold a good game to the appreciable number of
excited fans that thronged the Cape Coast stadium. It was a befitting end to
the knockout stages of the WAFU tournament. Nigeria will be going into the
group stages as one of the favourites to annex the competition.
The home based Super Eagles will renew hostilities with West African rivals
Ghana, in a tantalising Group A opener on Thursday before wrestling for top
positon against Mali and Guinea.

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