Holders Ghana won the WAFU Cup of Nations for a second time after thumping rivals Nigeria 4-1 in a one-sided final at the magnificent Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast on Sunday.
A brace from Stephen Sarfo and a goal each from Vincent Atingah and Winful Cobbinah saw the Black Stars defend the WAFU Cup title they lifted in 2013.
Nigeria pulled a consolation goal in added time as Rabiu Ali flawless inched free kick beat Ghana's Joseph Addo at his near post.
The Black Stars of Ghana who had lost in a 2-0 match with Eagles in the group stage, returned with fury to defeat Nigeria.
"This the NFF said was a way of motivating and spurring the team to give their best and win the coveted trophy".
Ezenwa kept four clean sheets during the tournament against Sierra Leone, Mali, Ghana and Benin Republic but conceded four goals in the final as Nigeria lost 4-1.
Ghana, however, began to gain a foothold on proceedings, forcing Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa into a number of saves before Sarfo broke the deadlock in the 44th minute.
"The players have been together for long and duly qualified for the CHAN competition".
The outcome of the match was however a surprise to the coach of the Black stars. This game will be a great opportunity to redeem our image after we failed to qualify for the 2018 CHAN.
Barrister Dalung said he will be in Ghana to motivate Nigeria's players who are mostly drawn from the Nigeria Professional Football league NPFL.
When Ghana were awarded another spot-kick 13 minutes from time, Sarfo scored to raise his competition goal tally to four and put the outcome of the final beyond doubt.