The Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Black Sharks of Ghana 4-3 in their final group game of the 2016 CAF Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations on Thursday night.
Nigeria are to face Morocco, who finished second in the Group B with six points, in the semi-finals on December 17, while Ghana play Madagascar on the same day in the fifth place semi-finals.
Prior to the game, Ghana already failed to qualify for the semis having lost their opening two games to Ivory Coast and Egypt, but managed to give a good fight against their West African rivals.
The first two periods of the game produced no goal, but the deadlock was broken by Emeka Ogbonna six minutes into the third period and an immediate reply to equalise by the Ghanaians. Kofi Aziz was the scorer.
Minutes later, Kwame Torsu put Ghana ahead to the surprise of the packed stadium, but Ogbonna scored to draw Nigeria level again, 2-2.
Obodo converted a penalty and the scoreline changed to 3-2 in favour of Nigeria, another equaliser by Ghana, but the Eagles were to carry the day when Tale scored the winner with a minute and few seconds remaining on the clock.
Nigeria finished winners of the Group A with six points and a plus two goal difference, same as Egypt, but defeated the north Africans in their first game of the competition.
5th Place Semi-Finals Fixtures:
Ivory Coast v Libya
Ghana v Madagascar
Egypt v Senegal
Nigeria v Morocco