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Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Abdullahi 'Proud' Of Home Eagles Despite WAFU Cup Final Defeat, Hails Ezenwa

Abdullahi 'Proud' Of Home Eagles Despite WAFU Cup Final Defeat, Hails Ezenwa

The Westerlo FC of Lagos loanee was a surprise inclusion in Coach Salisu Yusuf's squad for the tournament and was impressive for the Home Eagles, helping them record five clean sheets during the tournament only to capitulate 4-1 in the final.

They finished third on their debut in 2014 in South Africa, but failed to go past the group stage previous year in Rwanda.

"The last time (we met), we had issues as regards injuries, but I hope we have all the players fit on Sunday and we will come very, very strong against Nigeria". But his 25-yard effort sailed inches wide of the post.

"Millions of Nigerians will be watching the game while some are already in Ghana to support you".

Ezenwa came to the Eagles' rescue in the 33rd minute when he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Isaac Twum.

The tempo of the game picked up from where it left off when the second half resumed, with Patrick Razak, who replaced Gideon Waja, racing into the Nigerian area with the ball and was fouled in the process.

Ghana, however, began to gain a foothold on proceedings, forcing Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa into a number of saves before Sarfo broke the deadlock in the 44th minute.

The first one was converted by defender Vincent Atingah who was sent off late on after picking up a second yellow card.

"We have to forge ahead and put this behind us".

Black Stars' fourth goal was scored by Winnful Cobbinah in the 93rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box.

Nigeria reduced the deficit with what seemed to be the last action of the game through Rabiu Ali.

In the third place match played earlier, Niger republic defeated Benin 2-1 to win the bronze of the tournament.

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