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WAFU: Ghana’s coach spoils for war with Nigeria

Ahmed Musa of Homebased Eagles in a contest with Alla Ludivic Carlos, Goalkeeper and Wagbe Gnofame of Benin Republic during their WAFU Cup game played at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Homebased Eagles won 4-0. Photo by Sylva Eleanya.

Ghana Coach, Herbert Ado, is confident his players would cherish a clash with Nigeria in a dream final of the First WAFU Nations Cup, holding in Ogun State.

The coach who was all smiles as his highly skillful lads demolished hard fighting Togo in their opening group match in Ijebu Ode last week said he was hoping and praying for a final that would pair the two arch rivals.

Ado, a quiet achiever in Ghana football said “so far the two teams have shown good character and it is only good that they meet to know who is better.”

Apart from the scores this may have to settle, the Ghanaian sweat merchant who has won his country’s premier league with three different clubs that include Ghana’s foremost football teams like Accra Hearts of Oak and Ashanti Kotoko said he bore no pressure.

“Rather, the pressure is on my players who want to prove that Ghana’s triumph at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt last year was not a fluke.”

He wants to show that his country was enormously blessed and never in short of talented youngsters who can excel whenever they were called upon.

But he respects the Nigerian team he watched demolish the likes of Benin, Senegal and Guinea.

“The boys have played well so far. I think Daniel Amokachi has done a good job with these set of players and I only hope both of us would earn tickets to the final so we give the spectators a good match.”

Nigeria will play Burkina Faso and Ghana will play Senegal in tomorrow’s semifinal matches.

Ado’s dream will come true if Nigeria and his team win tomorrow. The final is on Sunday.

Today is rest day

After the grueling duels that have separated the men from the boys, teams and officials of the surviving teams at the first WAFU Nations Cup will today observe a rest day.

For some, it has been a misadventure as teams like The Squirrels of Benin, Syli Stars of Guinea, Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Lone Star of Liberia would have since been cooling down in their respective countries after early exits from the tournament.

For  Nigeria,  WAFU provided a great escape route after Eagles’ failure to qualify for the Africa Nations Championships. WAFU could turn out to be a big blessing as to the Daniel Amokachi boys have shown what it takes to be counted.
The rest day would offer the technical crews and the players to strategise against their semi-final foes.

Already, there have been  complaints about the match schedule which has put the players on the pitch every other day. “When you play in WAFU you have no time to train,” a concerned coach who would not want to be mentioned said to this reporter the other day


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