Eagles to Play Zimbabwe as Ghana Wins CHAN Semis on Penalties.

Nigeria will play Zimbabwe in the third place match of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday, February 1.

The Super Eagles suffered their second defeat of the tournament in a hard-fought duel with fellow West Africans, Ghana, who will now play winners of the Wednesday’s second semi-final, Libya, in Sunday’s final at the Cape Town Stadium.

The match had ended goalless and after regulation time and with both teams unable to break the deadlock after extra-time, it headed for the lottery of the spot-kick- the ‘Black Stars’ eventually reached their second CHAN final following a 4-1 win over Nigeria.

Ghana Beat Nigeria in CHAN Semis.
Ghana Beat Nigeria in CHAN Semis.

Ghana played for over 50 minutes with ten men after Kwabena Adusei got his marching order in a second bookable offence for a bad tackle on Abubakar Ibrahim.

And with both defence well organised for the whole of 90 minutes, the game proceeded into extra-time. Ghanaian goalkeeper Stephen Adams made the best save of the match when he dived low to push a goal-bound Ugonna Uzochukwu header over the bar in on the nick of second-half (extra-time) injury-time.

That singular moment kept the Black Stars in contention as the Eagles never had time for the resultant corner-kick before the referee blew for penalties.

Ghana converted all their four spot-kicks as Adams saved Kwambe Solomon’s penalty while Uzochukwu sent his effort over the cross bar.