WAFU Cup: Okpotu, Moses Fire Nigeria Into Semi-Final

 WAFU Cup: Okpotu, Moses Fire Nigeria Into Semi-Final

Nigeria’s Super Eagles team B yesterday beat their Ghanaian counterparts 2-0 to reach the semi-final of the West Africa Football Union Cup of Nations ongoing in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Anthony Okpotu and Peter Eneji Moses, who emerged Man of the Match, scored for the Super Eagles after the break in the match the Salisu Yusuf coached side needed to win to remain in the tournament.

With the win Nigeria placed second behind Ghana in the group A standing. The first half ended goalless as both teams missed a couple of chances. But in the second half, Nigeria facing the prospect of exiting the tournament upped their game and Okpotu scrambled in the first goal of the match in the 53rd minute. Moses scored the second goal three minutes later to seal the game for the Super Eagles even as Ghana fought back.

The Super Eagles will meet the winner in group B. Niger Republic top the group with four points, while Senegal is on three points. Niger will play against Benin Republic while Senegal take on bottom placed Cote d’ Ivoire. “It’s football we are playing and we have our own target with the WAFU,” said coach Yusuf. “Like I told you earlier, we want to use the WAFU to prepare the CHAN team. It’s football and it didn’t finish well against Guinea. We have a game to play so anything can happen.”

Tolani Giwa

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