African U-20 championship: Nigeria edge Ghana to reach final


The Black Satellites lost 2-0  to an efficient Nigerian U-20 team at the semi finals of the African U-20 Championship in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Wednesday.

A 23 minute header from Emmanuel Obinna, with a bit of help from the Ghanaian goalkeeper, Michael Sai resulted in the match opener, after the early minutes of the game had proved to be balanced.

Ghana after conceding the goal pushed every man up front to get the equalizer, however the Nigerian defence were well organized by their goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes.

Back from recess the Black Satellites continued to press for the equalizer, creating several corner kicks but failed to find the back of the net.

The Flying Eagles soaked the pressure from their Ghanaian counters and hit them on the break to force Patrick Asmah to bring Mohammed Musah down in the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty kick.

Musah, the skipper for Nigeria elected himself for the spot kick, which he struck well to beat Michael Sai in post for Ghana, doubling the lead in the 70 minute.

The last 15 minutes was a ding dong affair as Nigeria threatened to increase it’s lead while Ghana through Prosper Kassim and Benjamin Tetteh peppered Nigeria’s goal with shots.

Ghana will face the losing semi finalist of the Senegal-Mali other semi final game that comes off on Thursday for the third place play-off on Saturday, while Nigeria will take on the winning semi finalist for the final of the competition on Sunday.

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