Ghana's Black Stars B were declared winners of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after thrashing rivals Super Eagles of Nigeria 4-1 in the final at Cape Coasts Sports Stadium on Sunday.
A cross-section of Nigerian football enthusiasts on Monday in Abuja said the Black Stars of Ghana deserve plaudits for putting up a brilliant performance in Sunday's WAFU Cup final match.
Goals from Stephen Sarfo, Vincent Atinga and Winful Cobbinah cut Nigeria to size in a thrilling match watched by Ghana's Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and CAF president, Dr Ahmad Ahmad.
The hosts were already heading to the title with a 4-0 scoreline before Nigeria's Ali Rabiu grabbed a consolation for the Eagles just before the final whistle went off.
Straight from kick off, the Ghanaians showed they were out to avenge that earlier group stage defeat.
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Okwudili Nwaolisa, a former Team Manager of Coal-City United FC of Enugu, said since the team had limited time to prepare for the CHAN tournament in 2018 it was necessary for the NFF to retain the players to ensure more blending.
Meanwhile, Ezenwa, who did not concede a goal until the final, was deservedly awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament, while Ghana's Isaac Twum was crowned the Best player of the tournament.
Coach Salisu Yusuf added that the WAFU Cup has given him an idea of his team for CHAN.
The Black Stars have claimed 19 wins - compared to 11 for the Super Eagles - and outscored their opponents 72 goals to 44 in the process.
"To be fair to the team, they went for an global tournament without camping, played six matches, five of which they did not concede a goal until the final match".
"I believe Ghana deserved the win and it a good lesson for us ahead of the CHAN tournament".