Thursday, September 21, 2017

WAFU Cup: Eagles beat Benin 1-0, qualify for final




Nigeria advanced into the final match of the ongoing West African Football Union Cup of Nations on Thursday after a 1 -0 victory over the Squirrels of Republic of Benin .

Midfielder Rabiu Ali drilled a shot into their opponents ’ net with only 11 minutes on the clock to put his team on the victory path.

The Republic of Benin side ’ s fightback was however put in check in the 33 rd minute by the sending-off of Marcellin Koukpo for a second bookable offence .

But there were to be no further goals in the first semi -final match of the sub -regional football fiesta played in Cape Coast in Ghana.

Victory confirmed the Eagles ’ superiority over their Beninoise counterparts, whom they overpowered over two legs to earn a ticket to the 2018 African Nations Championship only a few weeks ago.

After a 0 -1 defeat in Cotonou , courtesy of a late penalty kick , goals by Rabiu Ali and Kingsley Eduwo saw the Eagles nick the ticket to Kenya .

The Super Eagles will now take on winners of the second semi -final match between hosts Ghana and Niger Republic in Sunday ’ s final match at the Cape Coast Stadium .

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