Ghana deserved WAFU Cup triumph - Balogun


Ghana hosted and won the WAFU tournament in a magnificent style to lift the glittering trophy.

The Black Stars of Ghana emerged winners of the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU Cup) as they walloped the Super Eagles 4-1 in the final on Sunday.

But the humiliation was not over for Nigeria as Winful Cobbinah scored a fourth goal for rampant Ghana three minutes into stoppage time.

Nigeria pulled a consolation goal in added time as Rabiu Ali ideal inched free kick beat Ghana's Joseph Addo at his near post.

Both Captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament and Ghana's goalkeeper Addo were in top shape as they made several vital saves to keep the score-line goalless. The resultant penalty was converted by Vincent Atingah for Ghana's second goal on the night and his third in the competition.

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.

According to Lomotey, who was adjudged Man of the Match in the Niger victory, is upbeat about the team's chances of lifting the Cup to conciliate the Ghanaian football populace.

Nigeria reduced the deficit with what seemed to be the last action of the game through Rabiu Ali.

"The team did well and we now have an idea of our CHAN team", he said.

The victory was a sweet revenge for the stars after losing by 2 goals to nil against the Nigerians in the group stage of the tournament.

"We have to forge ahead and put this behind us.We have done very well and this (WAFU) is part of our preparations for CHAN next year".