Nigeria : Eagles WAFU Semi-Final Foes Emerge Tomorrow

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Eagles team B will have to wait till after tomorrow’s group rematch between Ghana and Togo to know who they will clash with in the semi-final of the sub-regional WAFU Nations Cup.

Niger tackle Liberia in Group A later Monday to decide the other semi-finalists from this first round group.
Nigeria’s home-based stars swept past Niger 4-0 on Saturday to book their place in Thursday’s semi-final.
It was also a sweet revenge for the Nigerians, who were sent packing from the 2011 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) by their northwest neighbours.

In Group B, Ghana, who are represented by the Olympic team, stopped Togo 2-1 in their first clash and will do battle again on Tuesday to determine who will top the group as the two other teams due for this competition failed to turn up.

Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, commended his players and singled out Batholomew Ibenegbu as the best player on parade against Niger Republic.

“Congratulations to the boys. I want to commend ‘Mosquito’ (Ibenegbu) for scoring a brace as well as propelling the attack. My boys played to instructions and we were technically better,” he offered.

“Having now trained thrice the boys were subjected to drills and are now nearing full match fitness which really showed. We looked at the video tapes of our first match against Liberia and worked on our lapses. I am happy.”
Niger coach, Brah Taher, would acknowledge the Eagles superiority in this clash.

“We are not really disappointed to lose to a big team like Nigeria. We are actually rebuilding our team for the future. So, this kind of competition will enable our boys to be better exposed,” said Taher.

Ibenegbu, Ehiosun and Tunisia-based Ghana forward Saddick Adams are the leading scorers of the tournament with two goals apiece.

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