Ghana Stun Nigeria To Reach CHAN Final

Ejike Uzoenyi of Nigeria and Rangers

Ten man Ghana Wednesday night shocked Nigeria 4-1 on post-match penalties after a scoreless semi final at the end of extra time at the Free State Stadium to advance to the 2014 Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, final.
Ghana will face Libya in the final on Saturday in Cape Town as they head into their second final after losing out to DR Congo in the 2009
Successful spot kicks by Michael Akuffo, Theohilus Anobaah, Samuel Ainooson and the clincher from Abraham Attobrah sent Ghana through.
Nigeria’s solitary penalty was converted by Christantus Ejike, while Ghana goalkeeper Stephen Adams saved Solomon Kwambe’s spot kick before Ugonna Uzochukwu blasted his effort high and over to shatter the Super Eagles’ dreams.
Meanwhile, there was little to separate the two sides in the first half of this West African derby, although the Super Eagles had the lion’s share of opportunities while Ghana enjoyed the possession and territory.
Ghana were first to sample the target through Seidu Bansey in the second minute when he blasted a shot from halfway inside the Super Eagles area that veered just wide of goal.
The Super Eagles suffered a scare in the fourth minute when their star player, Christantus Ejike, was left concussed after a clash with defender Kwabena Adusei, although the latter came off unscathed.
But much to Nigerians’ relief, the striker was able to continue and came back on the pitch in the eight minute, but the Eagles did everything and still lost at the end of the tension soaked encounter.


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