MON 11 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

2 Nigeria
VS
0 Sierra Leone

Nigeria take aim at Sierra Leone on WAFU’s opening day

Nigeria take aim at Sierra Leone on WAFU’s opening day

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 11:00

Nigeria will start as favourites when they face Sierra Leone in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, kick-off at 18h00 local Ghanaian time.

Known by the nickname ‘Super Eagles’, Nigeria will be making their fourth appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations.

They were part of the eight-team field at the cancelled inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast before hosting the event twice in succession in 2010 and 2011, finishing as champions in the former and runners-up in the latter.

Known by the nickname ‘Leone Stars’, Sierra Leone will be appearing at their third WAFU tournament.

They were part of the eight-team field at the inaugural competition in Ivory Coast in 2002 which was cancelled due to the outbreak of civil war, while their second appearance was at the 2013 finals in Ghana where they finished bottom of their group.

Nigeria’s locally-based side come into this tournament having successfully secured qualification for the 2018 African Nations Championship with a 2-1 aggregate win over Benin last month, while Sierre Leone exited the same competition after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Senegal back in July.

Nigeria and Sierra Leone have met in 16 official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Super Eagles have claimed 11 wins compared to just two for the Leone Stars, and outscored their opponents 30 goals to 10.

The winners of this match will occupy position 3 in Group 1 and face either Ghana or Gambia in their opening second round match.

Moses parts the Sierra Leone defence to hand Nigeria victory

Moses parts the Sierra Leone defence to hand Nigeria victory
Nathaniel Tongo Vula of Sierra Leone challenged by Okoro Osadebamwen Moses (l) and Aremu Afeez Olalekan of Nigeria (r) during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 11 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 22:00

Moses Okoro and Moses Peter scored a goal apiece in the final five minutes of the tie to hand Nigeria a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone in a Last 16 match during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 11.

Sierra Leone dominated the opening exchanges and almost took the lead three minutes in when Donald Wellington drove behind the defence, but failed to beat the Nigerian keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, in a one-on-one situation.

Ten minutes later Donald Wellington was at it again when he met a low free-kick from the right, but again he was thwarted by the Super Eagles shot-stopper.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was certainly at his best for Nigeria between the sticks with yet another close range save to deny Nathaniel Tongo Vula in the 15th minute when he broke behind the defence.

The Super Eagles’ first real attempt on goal only came in the 22nd minute, but Samuel Mathias fired his powerful shot inches over from 25-yards out.

Ten minutes later Sierra Leone’s Lahai Coker tried his luck from long range, but his stinging shot was well-saved by Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was keeping Nigeria in the game.

Neither side could break the deadlock before half time as the teams entered the tunnel locked at 0-0.

Five minutes into the second half Donald Wellington should have given Sierra Leone the lead when he found himself unmarked and in space 14-yards out, but he fired hopelessly wide.

Nigeria took control of the match after that and came close to scoring in the 55th minute when Uche Akas drove into the box from the left flank, but his thunderous 12-yard shot struck the side-netting.

Six minutes later Uche Akas drove into the box again and while his shot was on target this time, the Sierra Leone keeper was on hand to make a spectacular fingertip save to deny him.

In the 76th minute Amadu Barrie was gifted a golden opportunity to give the Leone Stars the lead when he broke through on goal, but with all the time in the world and just the keeper to beat, he failed to do so after shooting straight at Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Three minutes later the action was at the other end of the park when Rabiu Ali let fly with a pile-driver from the edge of the box, but the Sierra Leone keeper made a good one-handed save turn the ball around post.

In the 85th minute Moses Okoro won the game for Nigeria with the goal of the tournament thus far after curling a 22-yard free-kick into the top left corner, 1-0.

The icing on the cake for the Super Eagles was their second goal two minutes later when Moses Peter made it 2-0.

Nigeria (0) 2 (Okoro 85’, Peter 87’)
Sierra Leone (0) 0

Teams

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 5. Ariwachukwu, 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 10. Ali, 15. Mathias (7. Friday 65’), 9. Okpotu (11. Moses 52’), 18 Eduwo (14. Okechukwu 77’).

Sierra Leone coach: Aabubakar Tos Kamara

Sierra Leone: 16. Koroma, 2. K Fofanah, 3. Suma, 15. Dunia, 12. Allie, 13. Coker, 4. Sakila, 8. M Fofanah (19. Barrie 71’), 10. Vula, 11. Alpha (7. Sesay 57’), 9. Wellington.

Starting Lineup

Nigeria : Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Samuel Mathias, Akas Uche Chima, Olalekan Afeez Aremu, Emmanuel Ariwachukwu, Okpotu Anthony, Moses Osadebamwen Okoro, Stephen Eze, Rabiu Ali, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Kingsley Eduwo

Sierra Leone : Unisa Koroma, Kemson Fofanah, Yeami Dunia, Morie Allie, Abu Suma, Lahai Coker, Mamoud Fofanah, A. N. Sakila, Nathaniel Tongovula, Donald Wellington, Nyakeh Alpha

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
39' Stephen Eze (Nigeria) is cautioned.
40' Donald Wellington (Sierra Leone) is cautioned.
45 + 2' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
52' Nigeria: Peter Eneji Moses replaces Okpotu Anthony
57' Sierra Leone: Mohamed Sesay replaces Nyakeh Alpha
65' Nigeria: Friday Ubong John replaces Samuel Mathias
71' Sierra Leone: Amadu Barrie replaces Mamoud Fofanah
77' Nigeria: Gabriel Okechukwu replaces Kingsley Eduwo
82' Abu Dumbuya (Sierra Leone) is cautioned.
85' Moses Osadebamwen Okoro (Nigeria) scores!
87' Peter Eneji Moses (Nigeria) scores!
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
NIGERIA GOALS SIERRA LEONE GOALS
6. Moses Osadebamwen Okoro (85')
16. Peter Eneji Moses (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP SIERRA LEONE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
65'
12
Defender
0
Midfielder
52'
18
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
40'
0
Midfielder
77'
15
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
85'
6
Midfielder
71'
0
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
39'
3
Midfielder
57'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Peter Eneji Moses
Midfielder
52'
16
Mohamed Sesay
Midfielder
57'
0
Friday Ubong John
Midfielder
65'
17
Amadu Barrie
Forward/Striker
71'
0
Gabriel Okechukwu
Midfielder
77'
14
CARDS
Stephen Eze
Midfielder
39'
3
Donald Wellington
Midfielder
40'
0
Abu Dumbuya
Forward/Striker
82'
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