.As Libya Stun Ghana To Win 2014 Title –
An eighty-fifth minute goal by Chinonso Obiozor sealed a 1-0 victory for Nigeria against 10-man Zimbabwe, as the Super Eagles won the South Africa 2014 African Nations Championship, CHAN, bronze medal in their third place match on Saturday, 1 February.
Obiozor, who was handed his first start of the tournament, scored the only goal of the match late in the second half to help Nigeria finish the tournament on a high.
The first chance of the match went the way of the Super Eagles in the 6th minute as Abdullahi Shehu skipped pass his marker inside the box before offloading to Christian Pyagbara, but he rushed his shot wide.
Zimbabwe were reduced to ten men in the 17th minute as Masimba Mambare was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Nigerian goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim.
The Nigerian team, apart from winning the bronze medal, won the Fair Play Award as well as the Most Valuable Player, MVP awrad given to Ejike Uzoenyi.
…Libya Stun Ghana In Final To Win 2014 CHAN
Libya claimed the 2014 African Nations Championship, Chan, title after defeating Ghana on a penalty shootout in the tournament final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
The North Africans’ first piece of continental silverware arrived courtesy of a 4-3 shootout win over the Black Stars after the match had ended goalless after extra time.
It was the third successive match Libya won by a shootout, after ousting Gabon and Zimbabwe in the same manner in the quarter and semi finals respectively.
The first half saw little in the way of goalmouth action, with the teams effectively cancelling each other out. Ghana had an edge in terms of pace and athleticism, but Libya were well organised and looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The Black Stars created their best chance of the first half as early as the second minute, with striker Siedu Bansey arriving late in the box to meet a left-wing cross and power a header on target, but goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush made a good diving save.