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Nigeria dethrone Ghana as African U13 Milo Champions after shoot-out victory

Published on: 01 June 2014
Ghana lost African crown to Milo

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana lost their crown as African champions of the Milo U13 Championship after losing 5-4 on penalties to cross-border rivals Nigeria at the final in Lagos on Saturday. 

The gifted Ghanaians fought from 3-1 down to manage a 3-3 in regulation time but lost on penalties to surrender the crown they won in 2012 as host.

The hosts went 2-0 up at the Campos Stadium after 16 minutes through their captain Olushegun Olakule and added another just after the commencement of the second half through Mustapha Adamaba after Ghana’s Fatau Issahaku had pulled one back just before the recess.

Just moments after Nigeria’s third goal, Fatau caught the Nigerians ball-watching as he scored with a long volley from the center of the field to further cut down the deficit to 3-2 before Abdul Rashid headed past the keeper to push the game to penalties.

The Ghanaians were left in sorrow after their fourth kick hit the goal post as Nigeria took advantage and scored their last kick to win the day. It took the Category Business manager of Nestle Gh. Ltd, Mr. Olufemi Akintola and his team not less than thirty minutes to console the kids as they wept bitterly after the final whistle.

African football legend Kanu interacts with the kids after the event

Former African footballer of the Year Award winner Nwanko Kanu, who was a special guest at the games expressed his joy as the Nigerians won the trophy.

“You can see they really have the talent, I’m happy for the Nigerian kids but the Ghanaians also played very well. I'm proud of the boys,” he told Asempa FM's Kusi Mensah who watched the finals at Lagos' Victoria Island.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Nelly says:
    June 02, 2014 12:11 am
    So ghana is free from cheating??? So stop making noise around no country is free.. Righteous ghana all the way
  • Mickey says:
    June 02, 2014 12:16 pm
    Next time check your spellings correctly Mu mu does Gh has talented players than 9ja.
  • Steve says:
    June 02, 2014 09:47 pm
    Mattew 5:22 whoever says "you fool" shall be in danger of hell
  • OGYA says:
    June 01, 2014 12:46 pm
    That's all Nigeria does, win the cheating games
  • Ojekamat says:
    June 01, 2014 03:44 pm
    Yes. Perhaps thats why they won the last nations cup. A question of a kettle calling a pot black.
  • Jay-Jay :10 says:
    June 02, 2014 06:52 am
    yuo are a fool