The desire of people in West Africa is to commute with ease from one part of the coast to the other, for business or leisure. And the founding fathers in the region endorsed this by embarking on different integration schemes to foster cooperation and development among member states; the most important among all being the Free Movement Protocol. In May 1979, ECOWAS member States adopted their first protocol relating to the Free Movement of Persons, Residence and Establishment.

Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

WAFU CUP: Nigeria Won and Lost to Ghana Again

The hosts defeated bitter rivals Nigeria with 4-1 on yesterday night to clinch the title at the Cape Coast Stadium. The Black Stars took the lead in the 44th minute of play, with Sarfo Kwadwo punishing slack defending from the Super Eagles to make it 1-0. Vincent Atingah doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Another spot-kick was awarded to Ghana and Stephen Sarfo converted it to make it 3-0.

Atingah was sent off late in the game, but it did nothing to change the final outcome, as the Ghanaians added one more goal in injury time. A stunning free-kick from Rabiu Ali was merely a consolation for Salisu Yusuf’s men.  Recall that Nigeria had defeated the Black Stars 2-0, when they met during the group stages of the tournament. Captain of the home-based Super Eagles, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament.

Ezenwa kept four clean sheets leading to the final, against Sierra Leone, Mali, Ghana and Benin Republic. However, he conceded four against the hosts on Sunday, when Nigeria was hammered 4-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium. Ghana’s Stephen Sarfo emerged as the top scorer of the tournament. Sarfo scored a brace in the final to take his goal tally to four in the tournament. Another Ghanian star, Twum Isaac, was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.


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