Tournament hosts Ghana hit the back of the net four times to secure a 4-1 victory over their fierce rivals Nigeria and lift the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations trophy at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast on Sunday.
The Blacks Stars’ victory, which was a sweet revenge after their 2-0 by the Super Eagles in the group stages, was made possible by Stephen Sarfo, who scored a brace, Atinga and Cobbina, who grabbed a goal each in the game. Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was beaten twice from the spot. Rabiu Ali scored Nigeria’s only goal via a stunning free-kick. Ghana claimed $100,000 for their efforts.
The Ghanaians dominated the game from the beginning, missing some decent chances.
Sarfo, who was voted the Match-of the-Match, put Ghana in front in the 44th minute after making a good run into the box to fire past Ezenwa.
The Black Stars doubled their lead 14 minutes later when substitute Patrick Razak won a penalty, which was converted by Atinga.
Nigeria defender Stephen Eze’s bad tackle on Razak earned Ghana another opportunity to score a goal from the spot in the 77th minute. Sarfo, who was saddled with the responsibility, sent Ezenwa to the wrong direction to make it third for his country.
Cobbina capitalised on Ezenwa’s blunder to make it four for the Black Stars. However, Ali beat Ghana goalkeeper Joe Addo in stoppage time to reduce the tally.
Niger Republic defeated Benin Republic 2-1 to finish third in the tournament.