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Ghana qualify for CHAN final after beating Nigeria on penalties

Published on: 29 January 2014

Ten-man Ghana advanced to the final of the African Nations Championship after beating arch-rivals Nigeria 4-1 on penalties on Wednesday. 

Ghana held off a Nigeria onslaught for over an hour at Free State Stadium after suffering a setback in the 64th minutes when defender Kwabena Adeuei was sent off for a second booking following a foul on striker Abubakar Ibrahim in a bruising West Africa semifinal derby.

Nigeria were guilty of poor finishing throughout the 120 minutes and it came back to haunt them in the shoot-out when their star man Christantus Ejike converted the Super Eagles’ solitary penalty.

Ghana goalkeeper Stephen Adams who limped through extra time with a groin injury was the Black Stars hero, saving Solomon Kwambe's spot kick before Ugonna Uzochukwu skied his penalty to extinguished Nigeria’s hopes of a continental double after last year’s AFCON triumph.

Meanwhile, Ghana sailed though to their first final since 2009 thanks to successful spot kicks taken by Michael Akuffo, Theohilus Anobaah, Samuel Ainooson and the clincher from Abraham Attobrah.

Ghana face Libya on February 1 in the final in Cape Town after the latter also went through after beating Zimbabwe on post match penalties to reach their debut CHAN final.



  • kobina-bonso says:
    January 29, 2014 09:27 pm
    Congratulations, well done
  • Keith from germany says:
    January 29, 2014 09:29 pm
    Well done
  • Thegreates says:
    January 29, 2014 09:33 pm
    No fools should ever insult Konadu again in their stupid lives
  • NONI says:
    January 29, 2014 09:33 pm
  • 9jas says:
    January 29, 2014 09:35 pm
    I am a stupid nigerian too
  • HE-GOAT says:
    January 29, 2014 09:37 pm
    I am a goat. My name tells it all.
  • Viper says:
    January 29, 2014 09:40 pm
    Now that we have qualified,we have to calm our tits down and move the ball around.The keeper is good,really good,he's impressed me throughout the tourney,the two central defenders are equally good...they wouldn't be a bad addition to the main team...How did the coach do it?
  • kind usa says:
    January 29, 2014 09:49 pm
    The boys are good
  • Ghanaboy says:
    January 29, 2014 09:54 pm
    GHANA *GH* beating NAIJA *NG* is no news!!! We always beat dem.....
  • Assemblyman says:
    January 29, 2014 09:58 pm
    Stephen Adams gives a strong case why a local goalkeeper should be considered a place into the national team to Brazil in place of malfunctioning Mr.Dr.Hon.Ing.Alhaji President General Fatau Dauda.After Kwarasey,Adjei or maybe Braimah.I believe a more confident and better goalkeepers with the local blackstars team being Ofoli Adade,Stephen Adams or Baah.Should be considered ahead of Dauda. And if this case of conflict of interest persist,our national team goalie trainer Yakubu should be fired!!!.. Well done Ghana's CHAN team..
  • Zargon says:
    January 29, 2014 09:24 pm
    Ghana the best hahahaha
  • wut says:
    January 29, 2014 09:19 pm
    Normal service restored
  • Stranger Danger says:
    January 29, 2014 09:20 pm
    GHANA!!!!! Hell YEA! now time for the cup!
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 29, 2014 09:21 pm
    we need to take these boys to kick for the foreign black stars during panel ties. aaaaaah, they kicked with pinpoint precision.....oooohh boys, urge made us very proud. naija should shut for for a while after this defeat. Adams needs to be looked at closely. the last 2 games, he has made some great saves. NONI, 9jas first HE-GOAT - where r u?????
  • wut says:
    January 29, 2014 09:21 pm
    NO news. it was expected. Ghana was just doing to 9ja what it does to them anytime anywhere.
  • papa says:
    January 29, 2014 10:10 pm
    i really like the central defenders. especially number 5. that guy is damn good. as for my 419 bros.. pack ur bags. i am celebrating in lagos
  • Ike says:
    January 29, 2014 10:16 pm
    Ghana and penalties ae compatible dis days...sad the better on open play lost.
  • Kwame Danso says:
    January 29, 2014 10:16 pm
    I am not happy with the way we played. What has Konadu been teaching the boys. In fact Nigeria completely out played us .we were just lucky.
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 29, 2014 10:29 pm
    true say viper. the defense is going to win us this championship. they and the keeper are good. yahaya is impotent. aaaaaaah why was he the only player slipping and falling as soon as he touched the ball. was he playing on a different field as compare to the other players? the coach needs to look to at a possible replacement. our defense will win the final for us. the keeper needs to be looked at as a possibility to back up kwaresay. or at least call him up for some friendlies to test him. the calm and pinpoint accuracy of the panelties was very impressive. WHERE ARE ALL THE FOOLS FROM 9JA. look
  • Lucan says:
    January 29, 2014 10:56 pm
    Congrats to Ghana,coming from a genuine guys deserved the final ticket! go and do the business against Libya and make West Africa proud,rivalry or rivalry we should give credit to whom it is due.
  • askantwi says:
    January 29, 2014 10:31 pm
    Yes, that HE GOAT with the red goattee. Where are you now, buddy?
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 29, 2014 10:31 pm
    aaaaahhh mr assemblyman, I LIKE THE NAME BRUTAAAAAAAHHHH...lool malfunctioning Mr.Dr.Hon.Ing.Alhaji President General Fatau Dauda
  • EA1us says:
    January 29, 2014 10:32 pm
    MIGHTY GHANA all day, with this defence AA should think again during the wc; also, the goal keeper....
  • kwame says:
    January 29, 2014 10:32 pm
    Well done boys and congratulations. My advise for the coach, please do not field Yahaya again. That boy is a liability without question. I cannot believe Kwesi Appiah is considering him for Brazil
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 29, 2014 10:35 pm
    better? there is no better in loosing. the better loser or the better loes is an oxymoron phrase. it does not makes sense. don't come here with your " the better team lose" crap......@ the end, THE BETTER TEAM WON. PERIOD.
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 29, 2014 10:36 pm
    true say. some of the defenders need to be looked up for some friendlies to determine if they can help. because without a fit boys and vorsah, ronal, ozil will tear us up.
  • askantwi says:
    January 29, 2014 10:37 pm
    ABSOLUTELY. That keeper trainer, Yakubu, should be fired at once. He takes bribe from Dauda, and being his personal trainer, has made himself unfit to hold on to the trainers post.
  • Billymoore says:
    January 30, 2014 09:00 am
    I respect your opinion if you say Ghana was an underdog in the match but disagree with anyone who holds that position. Nigeria before the semi-final match had played 4 games, winning 3 and losing 1. They scored 12 goals; amazing, but conceded a whopping 8 goals. Clearly they were the best attacking team with the worse defense. averagely, Nigeria scoreline per match therefore will read 3:2. Ghana on the other had played 4, won 3 and drew 1, scoring 4 and conceding 1. Ghana has the best defense along side Zimbabwe. Simple policy. If We don't score you, you won't score us either. So a match of 2 strengths; best attack against best defense. And Ghana's game plan prevailed; We don't score you don't score.
  • Olu of 9ja says:
    January 30, 2014 10:32 am
    Congrats to our Ghana brothers.They derserve it with a fighting spirit. But the future also look bright for our young eagle players to dominate Africa football as they play with pleasure.
  • jhoncarter says:
    January 30, 2014 07:27 am
    that awesome
  • ophri jato says:
    January 30, 2014 07:27 am
    yahaya Mohammed is the most useless player I've ever. Seen on this planet....tweaaa!!!
  • Zambian says:
    January 30, 2014 07:28 am
    Congratulations to Ghana. Am Zambian and supported Ghana through out,not that i hate Nigeria but to me Ghana was the underdog in that match but played better than Nigeria.Please dont blame the Zambian referee,I dont think there was any revenge of any kind. In my analysis,He actually denied Nigeria a clear penalty, But that is football. You impressed me especially in the first half....I missed my Chipolopolo team.
  • ophri jato says:
    January 30, 2014 07:30 am
    yahaya Mohammed is the most useless player I've ever. Seen on this planet....tweaaa!!!
  • Dick says:
    January 30, 2014 08:17 am
    When Tony Adu said that Yahyah is the most useless player in the team, people said he didnt hav the right to make that comment. But we've all seen it. Yayah should work hard but for now he is the weakest link in the team.
  • HNH says:
    January 30, 2014 08:48 am
  • Billymoore says:
    January 30, 2014 08:50 am
    Thanks man. Ghana has conceded one goal not two. We drew against Libya in our second group match. Yesterday's match was a match between the best attaching team against the best defensive team. And you are right. The Zambia referee was a shame to the game. Let his conscience deal with him after the team he favoured lost right before his eyes.
  • selfmade says:
    January 30, 2014 01:57 am
    Am having chicken soup for supper!!! Ghanaians love chicken too much n that's why they always go wild whenever there is a chicken around! Papa ajasco and mister ibu are sad though they ve tried to crack jokes for their crying country men !!!!!!
  • zambia one says:
    January 30, 2014 02:53 am
    This is just chan torna u idiots
  • Stranger Danger says:
    January 30, 2014 04:47 am
    A wise man once said, the worse word the English language created is "just".
  • Pundit says:
    January 30, 2014 05:09 am
    If Libya loses in the final,i will have my leg amputated.
  • MAWUDEKA says:
    January 30, 2014 06:23 am
    what is the Ghana match on Saturday
  • apiangalege says:
    January 30, 2014 06:44 am
    From Nigeria with greetings. I want to say congratulations to your team for their achievement last night.I hope yoi win the trophy on Sunday...No lelelized qualmsification!
  • WC from Botswana says:
    January 30, 2014 06:46 am
    10 man Ghana + Assistant Coach + bias Zambian referee seeking revenge for WC ass whipping and yet Ghana still through. I wish I'm Ghanaian. They conceded just 2 goals so far in CHAN, wow! I think their World Cup chances are brighter because that red carded Edusei is a great defender. Anyway, I wish u guys well. Nigerians have a big mouth in Africa football but small brains. Ghanaians are quiet and generally decent with strong mental acumen. What Ghana displayed yesterday is mental toughness, coupled with discipline and resilience. These are traits of true champions, not just one miraculous trophy but consistency in form. Ghana used Assistant Coah Mazwell Konedu, Nigeria brought on their best Coach, African coach of the year Keshi, but in the end, we all saw who the true tactician is. Full respect to Ghana. Nigeria, back to Calabar for the drawing board. As for Zambia, what your bias referee did to the Ghananians yesterday is terrible, don't settle your scores by selling your conscience. You denied Ghana a key player (Edusei) so Nigeria can break through their defence but Ghana proved a more disciplined side. I miss Zambia in the tournament, but Botswana will be the first SADC country to win a CHAN or impress at a World Cup, mark my words
  • Lucan says:
    January 30, 2014 12:13 am
    congrats to the local based Black stars :)
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 30, 2014 06:45 pm
    hahaha, prepare the walking cane then my friend because you will need it. libya is falling.
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 30, 2014 07:15 pm
    brother, i don't know why he was slipping every time he touched the ball. aaaaah, he disappointed me severely.
  • johnny says:
    January 30, 2014 05:43 pm
    Nigeria is not going to dominate anything. Ghana is always going to give them hell, in football.
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