Eagles beat Ghana to reach WAFU Cup semi-finals

Nigeria defeated arch rivals Ghana 2-0 on Monday to reach the semi finals of the West African Football Union Cup of Nations ongoing in Ghana, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
Super Eagles with only two points from their first two matches of the group phase produced a heart-warming performance to defeat the hosts and reach the last four without conceding a goal.
The first half had ended goalless but Anthony Okpotu who led the scorers’ chart in the just ended Nigeria Professional Football League season with 19 goals and champions Plateau United’s winger Peter Eneji scored within the first 10 minutes of the second half to put Nigeria in the driving seat. And with that there was no way back into it for the Black Stars who had already qualified by nicking the maximum points from their first two matches against Guinea and Mali.
Victory affirmed Nigeria’s second place in Group A and the reward is a semi final date with the winner of Group B on Thursday. Guinea and Mali, the two other teams in Group A were deadlocked at 1-1 and both crashed out.
The Nigerians have now scored four goals in the tournament, conceding none, following 2-0 wins over Sierra Leone in a knock-out first round and Ghana, and with two scoreless accounts against Mali and Guinea.
Coach Salisu Yusuf told thenff.com at the end of Monday’s match, “I am happy with the output of the boys on the day. I told them we just had to win and they went out there and got the job done. We look forward to the semi finals with confidence.”