Game : Ghana vs Nigeria
Competition :- African Cup of Nations semifinal
Venue :-Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Date :- January 28, 2010
KO time :- 17.00 Angolan time
Two giants of African football will meet in the Angolan capital of Luanda this Thursday for the right to meet either defending champions Egypt or the Desert Foxes of Algeria in the final. Bet on Ghana vs Nigeria with our recommended bookmakers after reading this preview
Ghana broke a million local hearts when they beat Angola in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Miroslav Rajevac’s youthful side won 1-0 thanks to Gyan Asamoah’s early goal. The Black Stars could however easily have ended up on the losing side had the hosts, especially striker Manucho, shown a little more composure upfront. Manucho easily missed around half a dozen decent chances. Ghana also had defender Isaac Vorsah to thank for a late clearance from Kali’s effort.
Goal scorer Asamoah was replaced shortly after the hour mark with an injury and coach Rajevac will be hoping that he is fit in time for the Nigeria game.
v Angola ( win 1-0) Gyan Asamoah
v Burkina Faso ( Win 1-0) Andre Ayew
v. Ivory Coast (Loss 1-3) Asamoah
v. Malawi (Draw 0-0)
v. Angola (Draw 0-0)
Nigeria were lucky to beat Zambia in the last eight as the Chipolopolo’s inexperience showing at a crucial point of the tournament. The Super Eagles were clearly second best to the Copper Bullets and ended up with ten men on the pitch after Onyekachi Apam was sent off. Apam is now ineligible to play in the semifinal against Ghana.
The match ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and went to the lottery of penalties. Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama saved Thomas Nyirenda’s spotkick to allow the Super Eagles to win 5-4 in the shootout.
Zambia 0-0 Nigeria ( Nigeria win on penalties)
Nigeria 3-0 Mozambique ( Peter Odemwingie*2,Obafemi Martins)
Nigeria 1-0 Benin (Yakubu)
Nigeria 1-3 Egypt (Obasi)
Kenya 2-3 Nigeria ( Obafemi Martins*2, Yakubu)
Ghana and Nigeria met in the quarterfinals of the 2008 event which went the way of the Black Stars. Both of Ghana’s scorers in that encounter- Michael Essien and Junior Agogo will not feature on Thursday, but Yakubu, the scorer of the solitary Nigerian goal, will certainly be on the pitch.
It is a tossup between Ghana’s youngsters and Nigeria’s big tournament experience. I think Nigeria will make it, even though they may not be the better side.
Verdict :- Ghana 0-2 Nigeria ( Odemwingie, C.Obasi)