Nigeria Beat Ghana In Friendly

Emem-Eduok-DolphinsNIGERIA beat Ghana 1-0 in a friendly to open the brand-new Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo and win the Transformation Cup last Friday night.

Nigeria made up of players from the domestic league were more purposeful than the Black Meteors and simply out muscled the Ghana U23s in a game watched by three Presidents led by Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan.

Local boy Emem Eduok made history by scoring the first goal in an official match at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in the 35th minute, when he headed Nigeria in front off a cross from the right by Solomon Kwambe.

The energetic Eduok has scored 20 goals this season to equal an all-time record set by Jude Aneke three seasons ago.

The lively Dolphins striker came close to doubling his tally in the 56th minute but his half volley from outside the box missed the target with Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori well beaten.

And his 78th minute strike was too weak to trouble the Ghana shot stopper.

A minute later, Eduok’s cross from the left was smashed against the crossbar by substitute Mfon Udoh.

Nigeria midfielder Bobby Sokari was denied a goal in stoppage time by a goal line clearance by Nti Mensah.

Former Kano Pillars coach Malik Jabir, chased the game in the second half.

Nigeria gave debuts to Sharks pair of Chima Akas and Joseph Nathaniel, goal scorer Eduok as well as Bobby Sokari and Mfon Udoh of Enyimba.

In a related development, Ghana U23 head coach Malik Jabir has lauded his side’s performance in their 1-0 loss to Nigeria in a friendly game last Friday evening.

A solitary goal from in-form striker Emem Eduok on the 35th minute was all it took to earn Daniel Amokachi’s side the bragging rights over their bitterest West African rivals.

The home based Black Stars gave a good account of themselves given their inactivity in the Ghana Premier League which has not yet started.

Despite the loss Jabir says he takes respite in his side’s strong second half performance.

“It was a good exercise which I felt we gave a good account of ourselves,” Jabir told Ghanasoccernet.com.

“We played well in the second half and we could have even walked out with a point but sometimes things just don’t turn up in football.

“I am really happy with the performance from the team and we will look to build on from there.”

The game was played to mark the commission of the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo Stadium on Friday night.

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