SAT 09 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

1 Ghana
VS
0 Gambia

Hosts Ghana look to start WAFU with a bang

Hosts Ghana look to start WAFU with a bang
Ghana team picture during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 02 February 2017 ©Guy Alain Suffo/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 11:00

Host nation Ghana will look to start the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations with a bang when they face Gambia in the opening match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 15h00 local time.

Known by the nickname ‘Black Stars’, Ghana will be appearing at their fourth successive WAFU tournament and hosting the tournament for the second time in a row.

Their first two tournaments in Nigeria 2010 and 2011 ended with third and fourth-place finishes respectively, while as hosts in the last tournament in 2013 they emerged as champions after topping their group and defeating Senegal 3-1 in the final in Kumasi.

Known by the nickname ‘The Scorpions’, Gambia will be appearing in their second WAFU Nations Cup: they played one of just two matches in the 2002 tournament in Ivory Coast (losing 5-0 to the hosts) before it was cancelled because of the outbreak of a civil war, did not make the cut for the 2010 or 2013 events, and withdrew from the 2011 finals.

The Black Stars’ locally-based team recently failed to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Burkina Faso in the final round. They will be keen on an improved showing in the WAFU Nations Cup.

Gambia exited the CHAN qualifiers even earlier, losing 4-0 on aggregate to Mali back in July.

Ghana and Gambia have met in six official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Black Stars have claimed four wins compared to just one for the Scorpions, and outscored their opponents eight goals to six.

The winners of this match will occupy position 1 in Group 1 and face either Nigeria or Sierre Leone in their opening second round match.

Ghana steal victory at the death

Ghana steal victory at the death
Atingah Adae Vincent of Ghana (5) celebrates goal with teammates during 2017 Ghana WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana v Gambia at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 09 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 19:53

A 99th minute penalty from Vincent Adaeh Antigah handed Ghana a 1-0 win over Gambia in the opening match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, September 9.

Ghana started the better of the two teams on the day and controlled the flow of play for the most part in the opening half.

The Black Stars thought they had taken the lead in the fifth minute when Kwame Kizito found the back of the net, but his goal was not given after being adjudged to have fouled a Gambian defender in the process.

The Black Stars suffered a bit of a set-back in the eighth minute when centre-back Nuhu Musah had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Vincent Adae Atingah.

Ghana had a chance to take the lead in the 20th minute when a goalmouth scramble inside the box fell to Addoquye Emmenuel Lomotey, but he volleyed wide from 16-yards out.

The best chance of the half fell to Kwame Kizito in the 38th minute when he met a low cross from the right by Amos Frimpong, but the striker fired over the target from close range.

A minute later Felix Addo used his impressive skill to break through the Gambian defence, but shot wide from just inside the box with only the keeper to beat.

The half ended goalless.

The second half continued with the same pattern as Ghana dictated terms and almost scored six minutes after the restart, but Sameul Sarfo’s stinging shot from distance skimmed the wrong side of the post.

In the 62nd minute the Black Stars came bitterly close to taking the lead once again, but were left disappointed when a 25-yard free-kick from Isaac Twum struck the crossbar.

Gambia offered very little in attack throughout the game, but came close to scoring in the 81st minute when Omar Jobe broke into the box from the right, but saw his powerful 16-yard shot well-saved by the Ghanaian keeper.

Ghana threw men forward in the final ten minutes and were awarded a chance to win the game in the 95th minute when the referee adjudged Gambian Matarr Ceesay to have handled the ball inside the box.

Vincent Adaeh Antigah stepped-up and made no mistake from the penalty-spot to hand Ghana a 1-0 win on the day.

Ghana (0) 1 (Antigah 99’ pen)
Gambia (0) 0

Teams

Ghana coach: Maxwell Komadu

Ghana: 1. J. Addo, 2. Frimpong, 3. Musah (5. Atingah 9’), 4. Ampiah, 6. Abbey, 7. Twum, 8. Waja (17. Patrick 56’), 9. F. Addo, 12. Sarfo, 13. Kizito (15. K. Safro 77’), 18. Lomotey.

Gambia coach: Omar Sise

Gambia: 1. M. Jobe, 4. Sanneh (13. Conteh 72’), 5. Faye, 6. Kurubally, 8. Ceesay, 10. P. Jobe, 12. Jammeh, 14. Mendy, 15. Sidibeh, 16. Bojang, 17. Sillah (9. Yankuba 75’).

Starting Lineup

Ghana : Joseph Addo, Thomas Abbey, Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Ampiah, Gideon Waja, Felix Addo, Isaac Twumasi, Kwame Kizito, Musah Nuhu, Samuel Sarfo, Addoquye Emmenuel Lomotey

Gambia : Modou Jobe, Pierre Sang Mendy, Kurubally Salifu, Hamidou Bojang, Adama Jammeh, Matarr Ceesay, Bun Sanneh, Mbye Faye, Ebrima Sidibeh, Gibril Sillah, Pa Omar Jobe

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
8' Ghana: Vincent Adaeh Antigah replaces Musah Nuhu
45' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
53' Emmanuel Ampiah (Ghana) is cautioned.
56' Ghana: Razak Patrick replaces Gideon Waja
72' Gambia: Saikou Conteh replaces Bun Sanneh
75' Gambia: Yankuba Jarjue replaces Gibril Sillah
77' Ghana: Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo replaces Kwame Kizito
88' Mbye Faye (Gambia) is cautioned.
90 + 9' Vincent Adaeh Antigah (Ghana) takes a penalty kick on goal.
90 + 10' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
GHANA GOALS GAMBIA GOALS
5. Vincent Adaeh Antigah (90 + 9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
GHANA STARTING LINEUP GAMBIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Defender
6
Defender
53'
4
14
Defender
56'
8
Midfielder
0
Defender
6
Midfielder
72'
0
Midfielder
9
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
75'
17
Midfielder
77'
13
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
8'
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
88'
0
Forward/Striker
18
Midfielder
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Razak Patrick
Defender
56'
17
Saikou Conteh
Midfielder
72'
0
Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo
Defender
77'
15
Yankuba Jarjue
Midfielder
75'
0
Vincent Adaeh Antigah
Defender
8'
5
CARDS
Emmanuel Ampiah
Defender
53'
4
Mbye Faye
Midfielder
88'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury