By Edmund Bobie
Ghana defeated Nigeria 4-1 on penalty shoot-outs to progress into the final of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) on Wednesday.
The final will be between Ghana and Libya, while Nigeria will face Zimbabwe for third place on Saturday.
Bancey and Attobrah gave the Nigerians an early scare in the first 10minutes, both efforts went wide. The Black Stars had little attacking joy in the opening half, striker Yahaya Mohammed was a pale shadow of himself and was substituted by Coach Maxwell Konadu in the second half.
Ghana were left empty-handed after defender Kwabena Adusei, was sent off in the 64th minute after he picked his second yellow card on the night, the Black Stars then had to played with 10-men.
Nigeria were in control for almost the entire match, but the Ghanaian defence were in inspired form, goalkeeper Stephen Adams saved brilliantly on several occasions to keep the Stars in the game.
The Black Stars numerical disadvantage did not reflect, as they managed to hold on in extra time, the Ejeke led attack of the Super Eagles kept probing but yielded no results. Imenger had a glorious chance to winning the game for Nigeria in the 118th minute of extra time but his shot went wide.
Then came penalties – and the miss by Kwambe and Uzochukwu cost the Nigerians. Ghana on the other hand, expertly converted all their spot kicks; Micheal Akuffo scored first, Annorbah and Ainooson also converted their respective kicks, Attorbrah made it four-out-of-four for the Black Stars.
Ghana XI: Stephen Adams, Joshua Tijani, Kwabena Adusei, Nuru Sulley,Abeiku Ainooson, Jordan Opoku/Sulley Mohammed, Micheal Akuffo, Asiedu Attorbrah, Theophilus Annorbah, Seidu Bancey/ Abdul Latif, Mohammed Yahaya/ Samuel Afful