Benin Dent Ghana’s Chances

Local StarsBenin were on cloud nine as they pipped the  Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 in their group A encounter as  the on-going West African Football Union(WAFU)  entered its third day at the Baba Yara stadium last Saturday.

The Black Stars’ defeat would make their clash with Burkina Faso an interesting one on (Monday) as both teams have three points in their baskets, the latter beat Sierra leone by a lone goal to secure three points having drawn 2-2 with Benin in the opening game.

It was one match that saw Liberian referee Jerry Yerkey not being economical with his cards; seeing off Ghana’s Emmanuel Asante for a dirty tackle on a player in the 78th, Benin’s  DossouJodel for feigning injury to delay time within the three minutes added on time,

As well as four yellow cards to Ghana’s  Jordan Opoku, TheophilusAnnorbah, Latif Mohammed Abdul and substitute Sulley Mohammed.

In truth, Benin looked convincing and deserved to win, though they got it through a spot kick.

They had a solid defense pivoted around Durand Rock who thwarted all the onslaughts led by Yahya Mohammed such that he was replaced by Sulley Mohammed who also could not make any mark.

Ghana looked jittery upfront with their bane being lack of communication among the players withLatif Mohammed Abdul, Jordan Opoku, TheophilusAnnorbah, Basit Abdul Mohammed, each wanting to find the net.

In the 19th minute for instance, Ghana could have had the opener, but Jordan Opoku and Basit Abdul Mohammed clashed in the box and messed up the opportunity.

Ghana’s frustration was shown whenEmmanuel Asante was given a marching off order for a nasty challenge in the 78th minute.

That raised the confidence of the visitors as they piled pressure forcing rear guard AbeikuAinooson  to handle the ball in the box in the 87th minute for Corea Cedric to slot in the only goal of the evening.

In the first match between Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso, NabiUmarou scored in the 13thminute to see off Sierra Leone who had lost all their two matches.

Today, Ghana will play Burkina Faso in Kuamsi while Benin entertain Sierra Leone at the Len Clay Stadium.

The winner of the group will progress to the final and meet the top side from Group B while the second placed team in each group will vie for third position.

*Two players have taken pole positions on the goal scoring chart at the on-going 2013 Gotv Wafu Nations Cup in Ghana.

Talla Ndiaye of Senegal and Benin’s Suanon Fadel, with two goals apiece, are in the race for honours.

Ndiaye hit a brace as Senegal demolished Togo in a 3-1 win while Fadel’s two goals were scored in Benin’s Group “A” encounter with Burkina Faso.

Ghanaian quartet Mike Akuffo, Theophilus Anobaah, Mohammed Latif and Sulley Mohammed have all scored a goal each.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi





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