GHANA’S deaf football team, Black Wonders, whipped Nigeria 3-1 to win the just ended West African Deaf Football (WADF) championship held in Lome, Togo.
Two goals from Ghana’s sensational striker, Eric Nyame, in both halves kept the hopes of the team alive before Joseph Ghansah cemented the victory with a third goal to kill off any threat from the Nigerians who fought back gamely and was rightly rewarded with a consolation goal.
It was Ghana’s double over the Nigerians after defeating them with the same margin at the group stage. Host nation, Togo, came third after defeating Benin 6-0 in another thrilling third placed match.
Speaking with the Times Sports on arrival, the head coach of the team, Winfred Chartey Annan said the players remained focused despite the difficulties they went through before the championship, adding that, ‘this is the reward for their hard work.’
“They were highly focused and displayed much hunger for success. We took every match serious and therefore not surprised we put up this performance to win the tournament.”
“Our performance in the tournament has been consistent. They didn’t let the financial difficulties we encountered affect their performance. I am really happy we won. They all gave out their best performance to ensure they raise the flag of Ghana.”
Nyame who scored a total of 10 goals in the tournament was named the top goal scorer of the tournament.
A member of the Ghana Deaf Football Association, Mr. Ransford Lartey told the Times Sports on the team’s arrival in Accra that the association is currently in a fix as to what financial reward should be given to the players.
Mr Lartey hoped that the Ministry of Youth and Sports would respond to some of the requests they made prior to the start of the tourney to enable the management team reward he players.
By Naa Kwaamah Ankrah