Wafu Cup: Super Eagles brush aside Benin, head to final

By Editor on 21/09/2017

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Rabiu Ali’s strike sent Nigeria into the final of the Wafu Cup of Nations at the expense of 10-man Benin Republic, as Salisu Yusuf’s men ran out 1-0 winners in Cape Coast.

Much has been made of Nigeria’s reliance on Anthony Okpotu and Peter Eneji, but they proved they are no two-man team with an impressive display on Thursday.

The Super Eagles came in the game following their 2-0 victory over Ghana in their last group game, and started on the front foot and were rewarded when Ali put them in front with a fine finish on 11 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, Okpotu was involved, carrying the ball forward from the middle of the park and passed invitingly for the Kano Pillars man to dispatch a fine effort into net.

Oumar Tchomogo’s men were dealt a massive blow in the 33rd minute for a second caution and that stalled their efforts to break down the Super Eagles.

Osas Okoro was a real handful for Benin’s defence and almost doubled his side's lead with a stunning solo strike early in the second half.

He embarked on a bursting run, in which he skipped past two players too easily before unleashing a lethal shot that struck that missed the goalpost.

Benin threw men forward in an attempt to force extra time and captain Salomon Junior’s header was unable to beat Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

 

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Posted on September, 21 2017

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