Ghana vs Nigeria: Intense Showdown Expected in Men's 200m Final at 2023 African Games

Ghana vs Nigeria: Intense Showdown Expected in Men's 200m Final at 2023 African Games

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at March 21, 2024 at 6:53 PM
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  • Ghana and Nigeria are set to face off in the men's 200-metre final
  • The two nations crossed paths in the final of the 4x100m relay
  • Team Ghana will look to exact revenge after losing to their rivals

The men's 200-meter final at the 2023 African Games promises to be a showdown between longstanding rivals Ghana and Nigeria, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

Following their intense competition in the men's 4x100m relay, where Team Nigeria narrowly edged out their Ghanaian counterparts, anticipation is high for another thrilling contest as the multi-sport spectacle nears its conclusion.

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Ghana and Nigeria will have two athletes each in the men's 200m final at the 13th African Games. Photo credit: @MakingOfChamps.
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200m final: Ghana vs Nigeria part 2

With Team Nigeria securing victory in the relay, Ghana seeks redemption in the upcoming 200m final, led by Joseph Paul Amoah, who showcased impressive form from the heats to the semi-finals and is considered a top contender for Friday's final.

Joining Amoah is his compatriot Ibrahim Fuseini, who has demonstrated confidence throughout the qualifying rounds, potentially emerging as a surprise contender in the ultimate race, as noted by 3news.

On the Nigerian side, Akintola Alaba Olukunle, a member of the gold-winning relay team, displayed his prowess by finishing first in his semi-final with an impressive time of 21.00 seconds, per the African Games, while Ekanem Consider Emmanuel completed the lineup for Nigeria in the final.

Who are the other competitors for the 200m final?

In addition to the Ghanaian duo of Amoah and Fuseini and Nigeria's Akintola and Ekanem, Cameroon's Itoungue Bongogne Claude Emmanuel aims to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot, Emmanuel Eseme, by securing gold in the men's 100m final, surpassing the two West African nations.

Matsenjwa Sibusiso Bruno from Eswatini, Kenya's Samuel Chege Waweru, and Jammeh Adama complete the lineup for the upcoming Grand Finale.

Nigeria beats Ghana to men's 4x100m relay gold

In an electrifying race in the men's 4x100-meter relay, Team Nigeria surged ahead of their West African rivals, Ghana, by a margin of two microseconds to claim gold at the 2023 African Games in Accra, as reported by Sports Brief.

The Nigerian quartet, consisting of Sunday Israel Okon, Ekanem Consider, Akintola Alaba Olukunle, and Itsekiri Usheoritse, sought redemption for their previous loss to the Ghanaian team, who had clinched the gold medal five years ago in Rabat.

Clocking an impressive time of 38.41 seconds, Nigeria executed flawless baton exchanges, particularly noticeable from the third leg to the anchor leg, anchored by Usheoritse.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.