2017 WAFU Cup of Nations full preliminary round results as Ghana, Nigeria clash in the group of death

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The Local Black Stars of Ghana edged out Gambia in their opening game against Gambia thanks to a late penalty goal by Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atingah and the now the reward for Maxwell Konadu’s side is being put in the same group “of death” as Nigeria , Guinea and Mali.

ALSO Note – Ghana hosted and won the WAFU Cup of Nations in 2013 when 8 teams competed. 

Nigeria were stretched by Sierra Leone and needed the last 5 minutes to finally break a resolute Leone Stars defence to advance to the group stages while Mali comfortably accounted for minnows Mauritania.

Meanwhile Niger who shockingly eliminated huge favorites Burkina Faso are in the same favorable group as Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin.

Preliliminary round

9th September 2017

Ghana 1 Gambia – Vincent Atingah 90th

Senegal 0 Liberia 0 – Senegal won 5-0 on PSO

10th Septermber 2017

Guinea 2 Guinea-Bissau 1 – Sekou Keita 32nd, Abdoulaye Camara 40th / Gilson Correia 15th

Burkina Faso 1 Niger 2 – Dah 59th / Boubacar Soumana 34th, Idrisa Halidou 71st

11th September 2017

Mali 3 Mauritania 1 – Mandala Konte 30th, Moussa Kone 88th, 90th / Samba Cheikh 36th

Nigeria 2 Sierra Leone 0 – Moses Okoro 85th,Moses Peter 87th

12th September 2017

Ivory Coast 0 Togo – Ivory Coast won 4-3 on PSO

Benin 2 Cape Verde 0 – Ibrahim Oguolola 63rd, Agnide Osseni 90th

Group Stage 

The competition enters the group stage with games commencing from Thursday.

Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria are put in  Group A touted as the group of death while Senegal, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin are the teams in Group B.

The next round of matches at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations will take place at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 14 with Group A in action – Mali will take on Nigeria at 15h00 (GMT) and Ghana will face Guinea at 18h00 (GMT).

Follow the writer of this story Gariba Raubil on twitter @GRAUBIL 

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