Skipper Shafiu Mumuni’s hatrick propelled the Black Stars B to an emphatic 3-1 victory over Cote D’Ivoire in the first semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU Championship.
The Elephants were dominant in the first fifteen minutes of the first half creating some decent chances but all yielded nothing. Ibrahim Doumbia made centre-back Mohammed Alhassan went down in the penalty box and launches a curler but a timed challenge from the Hearts of Oak stalwart defender denied that one from entering into the net.
Ghana took over and also mounted a lot of pressure on the Ivorians which resulted into Ghana’s first on the 30th minute. Augustine Okrah sends a long pass from the right which located Esso on the left who also sent in a cross but it wasn’t dealt with very well by the Ivorian back line, the ball rather went off Shafiu Mumuni and went back into the net.
In the second half, Ghana had a fantastic start after scoring less than 20 seconds right from the start of the whistle. Shafiu Mumuni again headed into the net from Augustine Okrah’s inswing cross from the right to give Ghana their second of the night.
Ghana initiated another build up on the 58th minute, another cross from the right went wide to the left flanks which spotted Ashgold midfielder Abdul Latif Anabila, he sent in a fine cross and once again Shafiu jumped high to head into the net to complete his hatrick, making him the first player to do that as far as the competition is concern.
The Ivorians pulled one back on the 77th minute through Abdoulaye Doumbia who scored from a fine free kick. They came close on so many occasions but failed to score notably that low drive from David Fofana in the dying embers of the game but his effort was piled out by goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi.
The Black Stars B are now through to the final and awaits the winner of the second semi-final clash which comes up tonight between Senegal and Mali.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim/Eblaradio.com