SUN 24 SEPTEMBER 2017, 14:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

2 Niger
VS
1 Benin

Benin, Niger battle for third place

Benin, Niger battle for third place
Victorien Adje Adebayor. Z of Niger challenging Fassinou Rodrigue of Benin during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger v Benin in Elmina, Ghana on 19 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 15:30

Benin and Niger will battle for the bronze medals at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they meet in the third-place playoff on Sunday at Cape Coast Stadium, kick-off at 14h00 local time.

Both teams had high hopes of claiming upset wins in their semifinals, but they succumbed to heavyweight opponents and will have to lift themselves for this match, which will serve as a curtain-raiser for the final.

Benin suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nigeria, with Rabiu Ali’s first-half goal proving to be the difference between the teams, while Niger saw Kwame Kizito and Stephen Safro each find the net to condemn them to a 2-0 loss against hosts Ghana.

This will be the second time these teams have clashed in this year’s WAFU tournament: Benin beat Niger 2-1 on Tuesday night in the teams’ final Group B match.

The Squirrels came from a goal down to claim the victory, with Rodrigue Fassinou and Jules Elegbede finding the back of the net, while the Menas played the majority of the match with nine men following first-half red cards to Mainassara Yahaya and Mahamadou Souley.

Benin and Niger have met in 13 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Squirrels have claimed five wins - compared to three for the Menas - and outscored their opponents 20 goals to 16 in the process.

Niger v Benin, head-to-head

Matches played 13
Niger wins 3
Benin wins 5
Draws 5
Niger goals 16
Benin goals 20

Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU

Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU
Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrating goal during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger v Benin in Cape Coast, Ghana on 24 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 17:57

A goal in each half from Idrissa Halidou and Victorien Adebayor handed Niger the bronze medal at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Benin 2-1 in a third/fourth place play-off match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 24.

It was a slow start from both teams with the first shot on goal coming in the 12th minute courtesy of Benin’s Charbel Gomez, but his 22-yard pile-driver was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Ten minutes later Niger had their first sight on goal when Boubacar Magid met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his effort went just over the target.

On the half hour mark the Menas took the lead when Idrissa Halidou met a low right-wing cross from Boubacar Hainikoye and expertly turned the ball home from 12-yards out, 1-0.

Benin suffered a further set-back two minutes later when Ibrahim Ogoulola left the field injured and was replaced by Idrissou Saliou.

Niger finished the half the stronger of the two sides with Victorien Adebayor almost doubling their lead two minutes before the break after meeting a cross from the left with a thunderous 14-yard volley, but his effort shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

Ten minutes into the second half Benin were the first to threaten, but Charbel Gomez saw his 22-yard free go just over the target.

Ten minutes later Charbel Gomez was in the thick of the action again with another powerful long range shot which the Niger keeper spilled into the path of Jacques Bessan, but he fired wide from close range.

The final 20 minutes saw Benin push forward in search of an equaliser and in doing so left themselves exposed at the back, a fact Niger took full advantage of with a counter-attack in the 85th minute which saw Victorien Adebayor find the back of the net, 2-0.

Benin did find some consolation in the dying seconds of the game when Nabil Yarou poked the ball home following a goalmouth scramble, 2-1.

Benin (0) 1 (Yarou 90’)
Niger (1) 2 (Halidou 29’, Adebayor 85’)

Teams

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou (2. Adjanakou 60’), 6. Yarou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 13. Osseni (14. Bessan 52’), 4. Hougbedji, 8. Mama, 15. Ogoulola (9. Saliou 32’), 11. Gomez , 19. Elegbede.

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 22. Losseini, 3. Lebene,17. Souley, 5. Adamou (14. Ganiyu 75’), 19. Khaido, 20. Hainikoye, 12. Dela, 23. Boubacar, 10. Halidou (4. Masour 58’), 9. Hinsa, 11. Victorien.

Starting Lineup

Niger : Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar, Issa Doumbia Losseini, Adamou Garba Abdoul Nasser, Issoufou Hinsa, David Daogo Lebne, Khaido Kantou Assadeh, Dela Sakou Souleymane, Mahamadou Salamoun Souley, Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar, Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien, Idrissa Garba Halidou

Benin : Steve Glodjinon, Junior Salomon, Mama Sanni Bah Yere, Nabil Yarou, Rodrigue Fassinou, Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni, Charbel Codjo Gomez, Ibrahim Ogoulola, Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji, Seibou Mama, Jules Elegbede

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
30' Idrissa Garba Halidou (Niger) scores!
32' Benin: Saliou Idrissou replaces Ibrahim Ogoulola
43' Junior Salomon (Benin) is cautioned.
45 + 2' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
52' Benin: Jacques Bessan replaces Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni
58' Niger: Ibrahim Hassane Mansour replaces Idrissa Garba Halidou
60' Benin: Dine Ramane Adjanakou replaces Rodrigue Fassinou
64' Nabil Yarou (Benin) is cautioned.
75' Niger: Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu replaces Adamou Garba Abdoul Nasser
85' Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (Niger) scores!
88' Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu (Niger) is cautioned.
90' Nabil Yarou (Benin) scores!
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
NIGER GOALS BENIN GOALS
Idrissa Garba Halidou (30') 5. Nabil Yarou (90')
11. Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
NIGER STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
5
Defender
43'
5
Midfielder
3
12
12
Defender
64'
90'
5
Defender
60'
3
Midfielder
30'
58'
0
13
1
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
32'
15
0
Midfielder
8
11
Forward/Striker
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahim Hassane Mansour
Midfielder
58'
0
Saliou Idrissou
Midfielder
32'
12
Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu
Midfielder
75'
0
Jacques Bessan
Forward/Striker
52'
14
Dine Ramane Adjanakou
Defender
60'
6
CARDS
Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu
Midfielder
88'
0
Junior Salomon
Defender
43'
5
Nabil Yarou
Defender
64'
5
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