FT: Nigeria U23 3-1 Ghana U23

Published on: 25 June 2011

Nigeria’s under 23 team produced a spirited second half fight back to defeat Ghana 3-1 in a first leg second round 2011 All Africa Games qualifier at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Saturday.

Having outclassed the Vijana Stars of Tanzania at the same venue six days earlier in an Olympic qualifying contest, hopes were high among the home faithful that Augustine Eguavoen’s lads would deliver yet again.

The fans were however left gasping early on as the young Ghanaians dominated with attractive passing and speedy offensive play.

Nigeria had CF Pontevedra of Spain shot stopper, Dele Ajiboye to thank as his smart save denied Dominic Adiyia from point blank range in the 15th minute.

Ghana continued to boss possession but goal scoring chances were at a premium as Nigeria defended doggedly.

The Nigerians almost pinched an undeserved lead against the run of play, five minutes later but Nosa Igiebor managed to drag his effort wide from six yards after a majestic through ball by Odion Oghalo put him through.

That chance turned out to be the shot in the arm the Dream team V needed as they slowly began to dictate the pace of the game with Igiebor excelling in the playmaking role.

Remarkably, Ghana scored the opening goal of a now feisty contest, a minute before half time; the Nigerian defence failing to clear a corner, as the boys in yellow took a 1-0 advantage in to the break through Udinese midfielder Rabiu Mohammed.

The Nigerians were always going to respond in the second half and they did so with deadly efficiency.

Ten minutes into the second half, Nigeria were back on level terms as the impressive Igiebor led from the front with a truly great goal.

The pressure from Nigeria continued in relentless fashion and AC Milan’s Nnamdi Oduamadi was fouled in the Ghana penalty area as he was poised to score.

Igiebor stepped up confidently and dispatched the spot kick with frightening force to complete his brace on 62 minutes.

The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium was shaking with emotion as the fans, smelling blood, urged the lads to hone in for the kill.

The young Nigerian stars obliged and claimed a third goal in the 76th minute through an unlikely source; defender, Ibok Edet, overlapping spectacularly to add his contribution in emphatic fashion.

Ehiosun, full of running and endeavour all afternoon, failed to add more gloss on an already impressive looking score line as his mazy run, late on failed to bear fruit.

“We started slowly but later found our bearing as the half progressed. It was really disheartening that they (Ghana) scored at the time they did but we reacted brilliantly in the second half," Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavon said.

"It is a pity that we did not convert all the chances we had in the second half.”

The second leg comes up in a forth night in Accra and Eguavoen is keen to see his boys exploit their first leg advantage. “It’s unfortunate that they scored but nothing stops us from scoring over there,” he said.

Ghana's starting line-up

Daniel Agyei-Jonathan Mensah, David Addy, Daniel Addo, Daniel Opare-Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Rabiu Mohammed, Samuel Inkoom, Mubarak Wakaso-Dominic Adiyiah.

Subs: Joe Addo, Jordan Ayew, Gladson Awako, Richard Mpong, William Owusu Acheampong, Isaac Cofie, Ahmed Adams.

Subs: Joe Addo, Jordan Ayew, Gladson Awako, Richard Mpong, William Owusu Acheampong, Isaac Cofie, Ahmed Adams.

Comments

  • Nana Yaw
    says: 8 years ago
    any linkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk???
  • dee
    says: 8 years ago
    please where can we watch the match live?
  • Nii Dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    01' - We are off in Benin-City - Game on. 05' - It's high tempo stuff in Benin as both sides give it a go, but it's balanced at this point. *** Nwankwo Kanu arrives, Austin Okocha in the house as well. *** The winner of this two-legged tie goes to Maputo for the All-Africa Games. 13' - Ghana playing solidly, and the hosts are giving away the ball a tad easily. On balance the Black Meteors have the slightest of advantages, our man on ground reports. 20' - Adiyiah misses a sitter, Ghana would have been ahead. The Meteors are bossing the game. Obiora Nwankwo, who is skipper of the team, already on a yellow for a foul on Adiyiah.
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    we only have live texts for now.www.mtnfootball.com
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    24mins and nigeria seems to be coming back into the game
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    28 mins and nigeria firing all cylinders
  • ZUBI ZALYATA
    says: 8 years ago
    I WISH THE BLACK METEORS THE BEST OF LUCK AGAINST THEIR NIGERIAN COUNTERPARTS
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    31mins.yellow card for central defender daniel addo
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    game now balanced. ghana no easy chop for nigeria.lol
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    trend changes in ghana's favour.wow
  • Kwame Uk
    says: 8 years ago
    Any Link please people...............
  • Nii Dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    39’ – Yellow card for Nigeria's Otekpa for a late tackle. 38’ – Where is the firepower of Nigeria's Dream Team V? Nigeria have pumped 14 goals against Eq.Guinea, Liberia and Tanzania, but they do not seem to know their way to the goal of Ghana today. 37’ – Ghana have another chance but the cross fails to locate a Ghanaian player. 35’ – This game between two well known rivals is still evenly balanced. 31’ – Yellow card for Ghana Daniel Addo after a foul charge on Igiebor. 29’ – There are still no goals in this West Africa derby between two age-long rivals as we head towards the half hour mark. 28’ – But this chance is lost as it is fired wide off target! 27’ – Emmanuel Anyanwu is brought down outside the Ghana box, free kick to Nigeria. 25’ – This was never going to be a picnic for the Dream Tream who have slaughtered the likes of Equatorial Guinea, Liberia and Tanzania right there at the Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. 24’ – Almost immediately, Milan wide man Oduamadi also comes inches close with a fine effort. It's still Nigeria 0,
  • guy
    says: 8 years ago
    Ghana 1-Nigeria 0 first half ended!
  • Nii Dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    44' - GOAL! Ghana - Mohammed gives the Meteors the lead just before half time
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    gooooooaaalll.ghana scores on the 45th minute.what a time to score against the flying eagles.david is the scorer
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
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  • bonti
    says: 8 years ago
    45 + 2’ – It's half time, Nigeria 0 Ghana 1. Nigeria are now chasing the game and need to double up if they are to win this clash. – It seems there is a problem in the midfield of Nigeria especially in the absence of skipper Lukman Haruna. 45 + 1’ – There will be two minutes of additional time... 45’ – Goal! After a goalmouth scramble from the corner, Ghana's David Addy opens the scoring. What a bad time to conceed a goal by the home team... 42’ – Nigeria again bombard the Ghana goal, Igiebor skins two markers, finds Ehiosun whose shot is scrambled for a corner. 40’ – Nigerian fans must be getting restless now that the Dream Team are yet to find the back of the net in this encounter. 39’ – Yellow card for Nigeria's Otekpa for a late tackle. 38’ – Where is the firepower of Nigeria's Dream Team V? Nigeria have pumped 14 goals against Eq.Guinea, Liberia and Tanzania, but they do not seem to know their way to the goal of Ghana today. 37’ – Ghana have another chance but the cross fails to locate a Ghanaian player. 35’ – This game between two well known rivals is still evenly balanced. 31’ – Yellow card for Ghana Daniel Addo after a foul charge on Igiebor. 29’ – There are still no goals in this West Africa derby between two age-long rivals as we head towards the half hour mark. 28’ – But this chance is lost as it is fired wide off target! 27’ – Emmanuel Anyanwu is brought down outside the Ghana box, free kick to Nigeria. 25’ – This was never going to be a picnic for the Dream Tream who have slaughtered the likes of Equatorial Guinea, Liberia and Tanzania right there at the Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. 24’ – Almost immediately, Milan wide man Oduamadi also comes inches close with a fine effort. It's still Nigeria 0, Ghana 0 21’ – Nigeria are fighting back as Ighalo misses a one-on-one only for him to fire wide when in front of an empty goal box. – It's a big miss and Nigeria will be praying they do not get to regtret this miss... 19’ – That should be a sigh of relief to the Ghanaians and their handful of traveling fans because Adiyiah is the lone ranger in their attack. 18’ – Yellow card to giant Nigeria defender Ibok Edet for a foul on the Ghanaian player, who is now stretchered off for more attention. – Adiyiah is the player stretchered off, but he is almost immediately back on the pitch. 17’ – The game is halted temporarily to attend to the player. 16’ – A Ghanaian player is writhing in pain on the turf, a serious injury is suspected. 14’ – Ghana come close to a first goal, Adiyiah misses in a one-on-one with goalie Ajiboye from a corner. – Just as Ghana are pressing for an opening goal, the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is almost packed full now. 10’ – The Black Meteors really mean business as Nosa Igiebor for Nigeria is too clumsy on the ball. – Nigeria must avoid a Ghanian goal as was the case in the qualifiers for the 2007 All Africa Games, because it was on the back of such an away goal that Ghana sent Nigeria packing from that competition. 7’ – Nigeria goalie Ajiboye makes a fine save to foil Ghana. 4’ – It's still a ding-dong affair but the hosts are taking the initiatives. 2’ – There is an anxious moment almost immediately in the box of the Dream Team but it is cleared out of danger. 1’ – Kick-off by Nigeria. The Dream are in all-green with white trimmings, while Ghana are in their familiar all-white with black trimmings. – There are about 5,000 fans inside the stadium and growing... – Ghana's starting lineup: Daniel Agyei - Jonathan Mensah, David Addy, Daniel Addo, Daniel Opare, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Rabiu Mohammed, Samuel Inkoom, Mubarak Wakaso, Dominic Adiyiah. – Ghana will be led by Ukraine-based right back Samuel Inkoom. – Nigeria starting lineup: Dele Ajiboye - Terna Suswan, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Kingsley Udoh, Edet Ibok - Obiora Nwankwo, Nosa Igiebor, Eneji Otekpa, Nnamdi Oduamadi – Ekigho Ehiosun, Odion Ighalo – Nigeria U23s have lined up a very attacking formation led by Ekigho Ehiosun and Odion Ighalo against Ghana. But VVV Venlo star Ahmed Musa is not included as he has returned to his Dutch club. Otherwise, Eguavoen has maintained his usual first XI. – From all indications, the rains will not shift today’s tie as was the case last week when a heavy downpour forced the Olympic qualifier against Tanzania to be moved till the next day. So far the sun in Benin City is up and bright after a light drizzle... – Welcome to our live match play by play of this All Africa Games qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    its DAVID ADDY AND NOT MOHHAMED THE GOAL SCORER
  • maxob4
    says: 8 years ago
    the match is gonna end with the same score line 1 0 for Ghana
  • Kwame Uk
    says: 8 years ago
    thnks boss
  • Kwame Uk
    says: 8 years ago
    Link aint working bro
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    NIGER EQUALISES FROM A GOALMOUTH SCRAMBLE
  • Nana Yaw
    says: 8 years ago
    2-1 to nigeria
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    ghana goes down.nigeria takes the lead through a penalty.58mins gone
  • Nii Dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    ECOND HALF - Game on 48' - Ghana come out smoking and have gone close twice. It appears the Dream Team V are down on morale. 50' - GOAL NIGERIA! But it is Nigeria that pull level through another goalmouth scramble. And the scorer is Nosa Igiebor. 58' - PENALTY to Nigeria as Oduamadi is brought down by Daniel Opare. *** GOAL! Igiebor converts from the spot! Fans have gone wild. Nigeria 2:1 Ghana *** Skipper Samuel Inkoom is out and in is Richard Mpong. Also Afriyie Acquah is out for Gladson Awako. In also is Jordan Ayew for Rabiu Mohammed. *** Emmanuel Anyanwu is injured and out as well and Usman Amoda has replaced him. Ganiyu Oseni in for Ighalo. 74' - Nigeria in control of proceedings at this time.
  • Kwamina
    says: 8 years ago
    Nigeria 3 Ghana 1
  • Nii Dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    *** GOAL! Ibok Edet makes it 3:1 for Nigeria - another goalmouth scramble. The Dream Team V on top.
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    OMG! 3-1 NIGERIA
  • boss
    says: 8 years ago
    ow what the str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck'))?
  • JahBless
    says: 8 years ago
    Adiyiah....killed ghana for shoting all his goals against the keeper...thats why his loan team partizan sacked him... soon milan will do the same...why Adiyiah as a striker u cant score simple goal with ur sense rather to be shoting at the keeper. i rest my case...and the coach,too...very poor...
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    WE WENT, WE SAW, WE WERE VANQUISHED!
  • mukmin
    says: 8 years ago
    the coach lost the game how can we be leading 1-0 at half time and lose the game from the commentary I suspect the coach tried to play a defensive game in the second half in order to preserve the lead therefore conceeding posession and momemtum to the nigerians we should have gone in search of a second goal to crush their spirit. Akwasi Appiah still has some way to go to become a top coach with this calibre of players there's no way we should lose this game after taking the lead
  • Musah Fifa
    says: 8 years ago
    have you seen who the goal for Ghana?
  • JOSIMAR KWESI
    says: 8 years ago
    Wit all our so calld star players we scored first and went to sleep,we should forget about dis all africa games qualifier because d Nigerian team dream team v dat we playd today were missing many of d star players who are likely to b available for d return leg in kumasi,i dnt see u going past this solid Nigerian team.we should jst forget dis,Ghana football is dying everyday,our emerging talents are rotting away in benches of many European teams ,we shud find way to rebuild our football frm d grassroot.
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    Thanks Jahbless. When we need prolific strikers like Saddick Adams and Ransford Osei to do the kill, its Adiyiah,Adiyiah Adiyiah! We cant say we didn't go with the best of what we had but we went without our best predators.Against Nigeria, near misses are too dangerous and that is what we paid for.
  • Musah Fifa
    says: 8 years ago
    Akwesi Appiah wanted to do something special, but he didn't succeed, why did he bench Jordan Ayew, and again why did he drop Dede Ayew from the squard? Akwesi Appiah hate Abedi Pele and his children, since the Ghana FA took the captain band from him to Abedi in Senegal 1992, if you could remember three days ago the soccernet brought one story that why they took the captain band from him to Abedi, so is still in his heart, and if you watch the match today you could believe that if we have Dede and his brother from starting line up we could have beaten Nigeria hands down, but for one man decision Ghana lose the match,sometimes for our self-interest the whole nation should cry he doesn't care, Ghana have players but selection is our problem.
  • Kwesi Dede
    says: 8 years ago
    Akwesi Appiah to me harbors grudges against Pele and you don't do that in Football!He also underrate the Nigerian team, forgetting that these Nigerians can upset any team in the world.He made us loss a match we were winning on the right time.! What a shame!!!
  • Riley
    says: 8 years ago
    Ok talkative Ghanaians, let's hear the excuses. That's why I said Ghanaians talk too much. Always showing off. Next time people will shut up and let their actions speak for them. Personally I am okay with the results. The better team won
  • Phil
    says: 8 years ago
    Let's wait for Appiah's explanation/excuses for this national disgrace and humiliation Who is better? Kwesi Appiah or Duncan?
  • JahBless
    says: 8 years ago
    THE TRUTH LOOK STRANGE BUT LETS TALK IT...In this modern time of soccer know ghana coach can do anything to national teams...marked my words. all the ghana coaches where very good soccerplayers at their time but when it come with coaching they dont fit there...why, bcos in their playing time they didnt have this modern training things that exist now. and knowledge know how is not there. this coach take the black stars to play nil--nil against sudan in accra...can u imagin that...now the white man is there we go away to win...
  • Emmywise
    says: 8 years ago
    Nigeria is a country i can be proud of.
  • mukmin
    says: 8 years ago
    I think Dede asked to be excused but I think Jordan should have started I've watched him play for OM on a number of occasions and he was very influencial and his finishing is clinical is placement is superb. The coach lost the game he started some players from lower leagues and teams ahead of Jordan we needed clinical strikers
  • A concerned citizen
    says: 8 years ago
    I think the Black Meteors lost concerntration during the second half. They should have used the same tactics and the pedigree they used during the first half to play the second half. Ironically they abandone their tacties to play a defensive tactics which made them lost focus. Tachnically, i think Akwasi Appiah was a little bit banckrupt because he could not effect a change which could make a difference. Anyway, i think the Black Metors will win the next game to qualify for the all African Olympic games. All soccer fans should remain calm and pray fervently for he Black Meteors so they can make amends and win handsomely during the second leg.
  • ofori
    says: 8 years ago
    not too bad performance put up.Better up next time.
  • samuel
    says: 8 years ago
    BOTH TEAMS PLAYED NICE FUTBALL . GHANA LOST TO A BETTER SIDE. THE 2ND LEG WIL BE TOO TOUGH.
  • slim
    says: 8 years ago
    it has just proven that the local coaches are not yet up to standard. This is the same coach, given the caretaker job of the BlackStars with everybody, yet he failed to deliver. The problem is the local coaches do not know what to do when their strategy for a particular match has been compromised. It is not a matter of "I was a good footballer in my day", not at all. Take 10, 15 years ago, only "Block heads played football as a profession, unlike now that we have intellectuals in the game. So if you appoint one as a coach, the only thing you should expect is losses upon losses. Do you realize that 5 cooks can be given the same ingredients and a recipe to prepare a particular food, yet only one's food would be tasty.
  • Mustapha loveman
    says: 8 years ago
    Shit this fucking people will have mouth again i know we will give it to them when they come here at least 3 to Nil
  • Mustapha loveman
    says: 8 years ago
    we will beat them here 2 Nil and Qualify Easy they are our women Lol
  • Phil
    says: 8 years ago
    This is strange. We are waiting for the coach's comment
  • nana offei
    says: 8 years ago
    stupid coach
  • A concerned citizen
    says: 8 years ago
    The Black Meteors did very well in the first half but lost concentration during the second half. Which means Akwasi Appiah was a little bit technically bankrupt for not reading the game properly to effect the changes because the changes he made did not have any impact on their game during the second half. Another area of concern is that Akwasi Appiah is always quiet coupled with gentility must cease and he must therefore inculcate the habit of always being on his toes to shout on the players to do the right thing when ever they lost concentration during a match because gentleness and quietness will not help the team. I would like also to encourage the Meteors players to put this lost behind them ASAP and move forward with their training so they can correct some of the lapses which occurred in Benin city. would also like to encourage the technical team to invite Andre Ayew to serve as the play maker during the second leg in Ghana. Lastly, i would like to encourage the soccer fans to exercise patience because all is not lost now because Ghanaian teams have the capabilities to take their destiny into their own hands and turn the tables around. Right now, there is no need to apportion blame to any one but rather all hands on deck..the team has to come home and to prepare themselves very well..to the fans i want to encourage you to rally behind the Black Meteors like never before with all your prayers and i hope victory will crown all our efforts.
  • Georty
    says: 8 years ago
    We wil surely beat nigeria in gh......come on boyz........believe!......1
  • Adagunodo T.Aanu
    says: 8 years ago
    Come what may, the worst is to play draw with each other in the return leg. So far you failed to make use of the opportunities you had in Nigeria,Nigeria has automatically qualifies!