In a thrilling showdown dubbed the ‘Jollof Derby’, the Super Eagles clinched victory with a 2-1 win over the Black Stars on Friday evening, securing bragging rights in the highly anticipated encounter.

The match kicked off with a scrappy start, marked by a lack of rhythm and fluency from both teams. However, Nigeria gradually gained momentum, intensifying pressure on Ghana and ultimately earning a penalty for a handball inside the box after 34 minutes of play. Cyriel Dessers capitalized on the opportunity, calmly slotting the penalty past goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

As the second half commenced, Ghana showcased greater purpose and attacking threat. However, their momentum suffered a setback in the 56th minute when defender Jerome Opoku received a red card, leaving spectators puzzled due to unclear circumstances surrounding his dismissal.

Undeterred by being a player down, the Ghanaians persisted in their quest for an equalizer. Yet, their efforts were thwarted when Ademola Lookman extended Nigeria’s lead with a goal in the 84th minute.

In a last-ditch effort, Ghana managed to pull one back with a goal four minutes into stoppage time, as Jordan Ayew calmly converted from the penalty spot. However, despite their late surge, the match concluded with a 2-1 victory in favor of the Super Eagles, sealing their triumph in the ‘Jollof Derby’.