The Prophecy

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar October 30, 2017 14:53

The Prophecy

By Jacob Aborvor © Jacob Aborvor (September 21st 2017)

The Dream Final

It had been predicted – written in stone in fact – that the storied rivalry of West-African football Ghana versus Nigeria would be the final. That was decided before a ball was kicked in anger at the WAFU Cup of Nations. It was the dream final. The fans wanted it. The media wanted it. The football authorities wanted it. Only the other competing nations wanted anything else. It soon became clear that despite their heroic achievements up to this point in qualifying against the odds, neither Bénin nor Niger could upset the odds again.

Nigerian shot-stopper Ezenwa Ikechukwu had yet to concede a goal and Oumar Tchomogo’s team could not find a way past him. A tight match ended in a 1-0 win for Salisu Yusuf’s team courtesy of Ali Rabiu’s goal after 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, hosts Ghana did their part defeating Niger 2-0. Kwame Kizito settled Ghanaian nerves after 31 minutes and Stephen Sarfo added comfort after 79 to set up both the desired final, and a chance for Maxwell Konadu’s charges to avenge their group stage defeat. Meanwhile, the third fourth place match would be a repeat of the controversial decider of Group 2 as Niger would get the opportunity to avenge their defeat at the hands of the Squirrels.

At the last minute the format was changed again so both matches would take place on Sunday September 24th.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar October 30, 2017 14:53