Two second half goals from Junior Ajayi and Kingsley Sokari ensured that Nigeria got off to a bright start in their quest for gold in the male football event of the ongoing All Africa Games as they beat Ghana 2-0 on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s pairing reignited the football rivalry that has existed between Nigeria and Ghana, but it was the Dream Team VI that emerged victorious with their 2-0 win over the Black Meteors of Ghana.
Yet to taste action in Congo owing to the last minute pull out of Egypt, Coach Samson Siasia was desperate to start on the right note in Wednesday’s game against the defending champions, Ghana.
Siasia had warned his players that they would need to take their chances if they would come out victorious against their Ghanaian counterparts.
Although it was not the best of performance, the Dream Team registered seven shots on target and scored two goals.
The first goal of Wednesday’s tie did not come till the 55th minute when Junior Ajayi carefully tapped in a cross from the right flank to give Nigeria the lead.
Ghana, which played 0-0 in their first game against Senegal, pressed hard for an equalizer but they were caught flat footed when a defence splitting pass was given to Kingsley Sokari and the Enyimba star with a sublime finish buried the ball into the net to double the lead for the Dream Team VI and effectively kill the game.
With the development, Nigeria looks almost certain for a place in the semi-finals but they still have a group game left against Senegal.
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