WAFU ‘B’ Women’s Cup: Host Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana reach final

WAFU ‘B’ Women’s Cup: Host Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana reach final
24 February 2018 05:58

Host Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana have booked their place at the final of the WAFU ‘B’ Women’s Cup underway in Abidjan.

 

Cote d’Ivoire beat Mali 2-0 in the semi-final on Thursday in Abidjan whilst Ghana edged rivals Nigeria 5-4 on penalties.

 

A first half brace from Nina Kpaho was all the host needed to secure their place at the final at the expense of a determined Malian side at the Parc des Sports. Kpaho broke the deadlock on 30 minutes before doubling the lead three minutes later as ‘Les Elephantes’ confirmed their place in the decisive match.

 

Later, Ghana had the last laugh against bitterest rivals Nigeria on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time. Alice Ogebe shot Nigeria into the lead on 10 minutes before Faustina Ampah restored parity seven minutes later.

 

During penalties, Ghana converted five kicks against four by the Nigerians.

 

Ghana will face host Cote d’Ivoire in Saturday’s final, which will serve as a repeat of the tournament opener which the Ivorians by a lone goal.

 

In the third place, Nigeria will battle Mali. The two sides faced-off at the group stage which Nigeria won 1-0.

 

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