Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

WAFU Cup: Ezenwa Named Best Goalkeeper, Despite Ghana Humiliation

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Connie Andrews | 26 September, 2017, 01:13

Two goals from Stephen Sarfo, a goal each from Kwame Kizito and Winful Cobbinah sealed the victory.

Coach of the home-based Eagles, Salisu Yusuf admitted that he lost to a determined Ghana side because they created more chances.

"I recall that before the final game against Ghana, the NFF had come openly to say that there will be no winning bonuses for the players".

From one of such raids in the Nigeria defence, rasta-haired Sarfo capitalised on a loose ball around the visitors 18-yard box and unleashed a grounder which went straight into the net for Ghana's imminent opener on the 43rd minute.

"Indeed, the match was a true representation of our league".

Ezenwa kept clean sheet in Nigeria's first four matches before poor defending exposed him to the four goals he conceded last night.

In the 33rd minute, goalkeeper Ezenwa Ikechukwu pulled a great save to deny Isaac Twum. "It was like a typical Nigerian league team without focus and could hardly successfully make five touches without interception from the opponents", he said.

Supporting this assertion, Jerome Anyata, a grassroots football coach in Ivo Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi said that the team lost due to players' lack of exposure.

Kano Pillars' Ali got a consolation goal for Nigeria deep into stoppage time but Ghana had already rolled out the drums for a well deserved victory.

When Ghana were awarded another spot-kick 13 minutes from time, Sarfo scored to raise his competition goal tally to four and put the outcome of the final beyond doubt.

Balogun will be on parade for the Super Eagles when the face the Chipolopolo's of Zambia in an all important World cup qualifiers in Uyo.

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