MATCH CENTRE

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

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VS
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Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU

by Staff Reporter

Sun September 24, 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.

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
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