Nigeria defeated arch-rivals and All Africa Games champions Ghana 2-0 to book their place in the ...
Nigeria defeated arch-rivals and All Africa Games champions Ghana 2-0 to book their place in the semi-finals of the football event of this year’s AAG.
Nigeria’s final Group B match against Senegal, who drew 0-0 with Ghana on the opening day, will determine the overall winners of the group following the last-minute withdrawal of Egypt.
Junior Ajayi opened scoring for the superior Nigerians in the 55th minute and Kingsley Sokari made the game safe three minutes from time.
Nigeria were on the front foot in the first half with Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori his team’s most outstanding player as a result.
A minute to half time, Oghenekaro Etebo was denied from point-blank range by Ofori when from Etor’s corner, the ball fell kindly to him a second time.
However, Nigeria finally made their dominance count 10 minutes after resumption when the dangerous Etor Daniel delivered a whipped-in ball from the right for Junior Ajayi to coolly slot home.
The second goal of the game was even more sublime – Kingsley Sokari combined with skipper Azubuike Ikechukwu on the edge of the Ghana box and Sokari continued his run before he lifedt the ball over the rushing Ofori for a superb finish.
Before this goal, Ghana were almost gifted a goal that would have brought them on level pegging when in the 69th minute Segun Oduduwa’s back pass exposed the Nigeria defence, but the Black Meteors could not cash in on such an opening.