The Friendship Games did not live up to their title in the soccer part of the Ghana-Nigerian Sports Festival played in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday (27 August).
The Friendship Games did not live up to their title in the soccer part of the Ghana-Nigerian Sports Festival played in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday (27 August). The match had to be abandoned when Nigerian officials ordered their players from the field and refused to let them return after bad tempered scenes near the end of the match.
The trouble occurred after Ghanaian Academicals scored a penalty to level the scores at two each. Nigerian goalkeeper Zion Ogunfiyinani was alleged to have knocked down a jubilant Ghanaian attacker retrieving the ball from the net.
The 'Ghanaian Times' newspaper also claimed that Ogunfiyinani slapped a Ghanaian military official and Nigerian players struck a local press cameraman.
Ghanaian Academicals had taken the lead through centre forward Magnus Peterson in the 27th minute. Ogu Christopher equalised shortly before the interval with a header from close range, and the Nigerians took the lead half way through the second half when they scored after a free-kick - then came the penalty and the incidents which marred the match.
No arrangements have yet been made for a replay of the game which was a second leg match between the two sides.
SYNOPSIS: The friendship Games soccer match between Ghana Academicals - in white - and Nigeria, did not live up to its title in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Wednesday night. Trouble late in the game caused the eventual abandonment of the match when Nigerian officials ordered their team from the pitch.
In the first half Ghanaian centre forward Magnus Peterson put his side ahead with this competently taken goal.
Ghana held the lead for just a quarter of an hour.
Ogu Christopher headed the Nigerian equaliser - but in the second half Ghana Academicals - playing from left to right - pressed for the winner.
The Ghanaian goal was disallowed for off-side but there was nothing wrong with this Nigerian goal which capitalised on the Ghanaian defence's inability to clear the free-kick.
Behind for the first time, ghana kicked off urged on by the small but enthusiastic crowd.
They drew level at two-all with this disputed penalty. Ghanaian captain Aryee Quaye coolly converted it - but that was when the trouble started.
Nigerian goalkeeper Zion Ogunfiyinani was alleged to have struck the Ghanaian attacker who retrieved the ball from the net and then slapped a Ghanaian military official. Five minutes later Nigerian officials ordered their side from the pitch.