Nigeria records first win over Ghana Black Stars in 18-years


Goals from Cyriel Dessers and Ademola Lookman gave Nigeria’s Super Eagles a deserved win over arch-rival Ghana Black Stars in an international friendly at the Stade de Marrakech on Friday, reports.

Ghana’s goalkeeper, Lawrence Ati-Zigi made a remarkable save, thwarting Nigeria’s attempts to take the lead.
The Super Eagles led by interim coach Finidi George deserve all the praises, as Nigeria broke through with a penalty converted by Cyriel Dessers, following a handball in Ghana’s box, securing a deserved lead at halftime.
Despite Ghana’s attempts to level the score, Antoine Semenyo missed a golden opportunity before the break.
In the second half, Ghana’s coach Otto Addo adjusted tactics, leading to the Black Stars displaying better control and creating chances.
But their momentum was disrupted by Jerome Opoku’s contentious red card for an alleged elbow, vehemently contested by Addo and Opoku.
Despite playing with 10 men, Ghana maintained possession, but Nigeria capitalised on a counterattack, sealing the win through Ademola Lookman’s clinical finish.
However, Ghana salvaged pride with a late penalty by captain Jordan Ayew, marking his third consecutive goal from spot-kicks.


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