The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Black Stars of Ghana rekindled their fierce rivalry on the continent yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital but it was the Nigerians who carried the day after 90 minutes of the tension-soaked friendly match highlighting the commissioning of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.
The match marked Nigeria’s first victory over their perennial opponents since 2007. The two sides have met four times in the last seven years with Ghana winning three of the encounters and drawing the remaining.
With President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ghanian counterpart, John Mahama seated at the VIP lounge, watched the match live. The two teams were in full force to outsmart each other. But it was the Eagles who scored the only goal of the match in the 35th minute through Emem Eduok of Rangers International of Enugu. The Rangers’ man collected a fine pass from Solomon Kwambe and slot into the net with his head to record the maiden goal to his credit and to the delight of the home fans.
After the break, the tempo of the match increased with the Nigerians going in search of their second goal. The Black Stars, who couldn’t contain the superior playing power of the Nigerians, however, managed to keep scores at 1-0.
Meanwhile, two people were feared dead while 20 others suffered various degrees of injuries during a stampede at the inauguration ceremony of the new Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
News Agency of Nigeria reported it was however not clear what caused the stampede. The International friendly between the Super Eagles home-based Ghanaian counterparts was played to mark the ceremony.
“It is possible football fans were scrambling to enter the stadium to watch the match. That’s what I heard,” an Uyo resident, who said he was on his way to the facility, said.
Culled from Leadership Newspaper.