SAT 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0 Guinea
VS
0 Nigeria

Nigeria look to hand Guinea second defeat

Nigeria look to hand Guinea second defeat
Eze Stephen of Nigeria 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 Staff Reporter

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 16:00

Nigeria will look to hand Guinea their second defeat in Group A of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when the teams meet at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 15h00 local time.

Nigeria got their group stage campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start by playing to a goalless draw with Mali on Thursday, leaving them tied with their opponents in second place on the log standings, two points adrift of early leaders Ghana.

“We couldn't play up to our standard although the team defended very well,” said Super Eagles Salisu Yusuf.

“We will work hard to win our next game because to qualify you need to beat the other teams. That's the mindset - to be able to win our next game and the last game.”

Guinea, meanwhile, find themselves at the bottom of the group with zero points after they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Ghana on Thursday.

Second-half goals from Stephen Sarfo and Razak Patrick saw the Syli Nationale succumb in a hard-fought battle, but coach Hamidou Camara knows that facing Nigeria will be an equally difficult task.

Nigeria and Guinea have met in 15 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Super Eagles have claimed four wins, compared to five for the Syli Nationale, and the teams have scored 16 goals against each in the process.

Nigeria v Guinea, head-to-head

GUINEA v NIGERIA

Nigeria fall flat against Guinea in goalless stalemate

Nigeria fall flat against Guinea in goalless stalemate
Eduwo Kinsley of Nigeria challenged by Camara Alseny of Guinea during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 16 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 19:25

Nigeria fell flat in front of goal once more as they played to their second goalless draw against Guinea in Group A of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, September 16.

Nigeria started positively with their first chance on goal in the second minute when Olamilekan Adeleye Aniyikaye met a long throw-in from the left, but his ten-yard header was well-saved by the Guinea keeper.

Ten minutes later Abanum Ashadi left fly from the edge of the box, but his shot sailed just over the Guinean goal.

The National Elephants’ first attack saw Seydouba Camara break behind the defence in the 19th minute and with just the keeper to beat he pushed his effort inches wide from six-yards out.

Nigeria bossed the game after that and were close to opening the scoring in the 38th minute when Anthony Okpotu met a cross from the left, but his 12-yard header shaved the wrong side of the post.

On the stroke of half time Kingsley Eduwo broke behind the Guinea defence, but failed to beat the keeper despite having all the time in the world as the half ended 0-0.

A minute into the second half Kingsley Eduwo should have opened the scoring when he met a right wing cross, but he headed wide from two-yards out when it looked harder to miss than score.

The next decent chance in the half came in the 64th minute when Rabiu Ali attempted to chip the keeper from the halfway line, but his effort sailed just wide with the keeper in no man’s land.

In the 76th minute Mohamed N’Diaye wasted a glorious chance to give Guinea the lead when he fired over the crossbar under no pressure from only 14-yards out.

Both countries pushed numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the match, but both were poor in front of goal and had to settle for a share of the spoils as the encounter ended 0-0.

The result leaves Nigeria with two points in Group A while Guinea earned their first point.

Guinea (0) 0
Nigeria (0) 0

Teams

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. A Camara, 4. N Camara, 5. Conde, 6. Moussa, 7. Sory Camara (13. Mouste 83’), 8. A Camara, 10. S Camara (18. Diallo 68’), 12. N’Diaye, 14. M Camara, 15. S Keita (9. Kassory Camara 60’).

Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 16. Ajiboye, 2. Okoro, 4. Aremu, 5. Ariwachukwu, 8. Ifeanyi, 9. Okpotu, 12. Aniyikaye, 13. James, 15. Mathias (11. Peter 66’), 17. Ashadi (10. Ali 52’), 18. Eduwo (14. Okechukwu 61’).

Starting Lineup

Guinea : Abdoulaye Camara, Mohamed Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Sylla, Moussa Cisse, Abou Mengue Camara, Saidouba Bissiry Camara, Alseny Camara, Sekou Keita, Ibrahima Sory Camara, Abdoulaye Naby Camara, Ibrahima Aminata Conde

Nigeria : Samuel Mathias, Olalekan Afeez Aremu, Abanum Destiny Ashadi, Emmanuel Ariwachukwu, Moses Osadebamwen Okoro, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Okpotu Anthony, Kingsley Eduwo, Aniyikaye Adeleye Olamilekan, Daniel James, Oladele Muniru Ajiboye

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
52' Nigeria: Rabiu Ali replaces Abanum Destiny Ashadi
60' Guinea: Ibrahima Kassor Camara replaces Sekou Keita
61' Nigeria: Gabriel Okechukwu replaces Kingsley Eduwo
66' Nigeria: Peter Eneji Moses replaces Samuel Mathias
68' Guinea: Mamoudou Bailo Diallo replaces Saidouba Bissiry Camara
70' Abdoulaye Naby Camara (Guinea) is cautioned.
81' Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Nigeria) is cautioned.
83' Guinea: Jean Mouste replaces Ibrahima Sory Camara
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
GUINEA GOALS NIGERIA GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
GUINEA STARTING LINEUP NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP
Midfielder
9
Defender
52'
0
Midfielder
1
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
66'
12
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
68'
10
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
60'
0
Midfielder
81'
10
Forward/Striker
70'
11
Midfielder
61'
15
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
83'
0
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahima Kassor Camara
Midfielder
60'
0
Rabiu Ali
Midfielder
52'
11
Mamoudou Bailo Diallo
Forward/Striker
68'
0
Gabriel Okechukwu
Midfielder
61'
14
Jean Mouste
Midfielder
83'
19
Peter Eneji Moses
Midfielder
66'
16
CARDS
Abdoulaye Naby Camara
Forward/Striker
70'
11
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi
Midfielder
81'
10
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