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Nigeria vs Ghana World Cup Play-Off Preview, Analysis and Predictions
Still fresh from the euphoria of the just concluded AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, the continent is set to witness another round of titanic battles. 10 African nations will do battle for the final tickets to the global showcase in Qatar.
After fans were treated to several pulsating match-ups in the earlier qualifying rounds, it now comes down to 2 match days to decide who gets the 5 tickets available to Africa. Here is our preview the intensity, drama and excitement ahead of the African World Cup Third Round Qualifiers.
GHANA VS NIGERIA: Match Preview
From jollof rice to international football, the brotherly rivalry of these two illustrious West African nations has been written over many chapters in history. However, there is no better stage to witness the eternal rivalry between these two West African giants boil over again. The two teams recorded low scoring matches in the earlier rounds of the qualifiers (Nigeria 9 -3, Ghana 7-3).
None of the two teams have really soared near the heights expected by their fans in recent years. But as with any match-up between these two sides, you can expect there to be a lot of pride at stake along with the main goal of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Augustine Eguavoen retained his position after crashing out of the last AFCON when most expected the Super Eagles to go much further after their perfect run in the group stages. Ghana suffered an unlikely group stage exit from the competition after failing to win any of their three games in Cameroon.
Ghana vs Nigeria World Cup Qualifier Qatar 2022: Squad News
The Black Stars Interim boss Otto Addo will name a 27-man squad for the (the list which is yet to be released). Felix Afena-Gyan (AS Roma, Italy) and Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City, England) have been rumored to have made the squad.
The Super Eagles will be depending on the likes of William Troost-Ekong (Watford, England), Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain), Leon Balogun (Rangers FC, Scotland), Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, England), Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland), Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagümrük Turkey), Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal CF, Spain) and Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy) amongst others making the 27 man squad.
Ghana vs Nigeria: Head to head
Head to head, Nigeria has won 10, drawn 18 and lost 21 times against Ghana. However, in recent years the Super Eagles have won 5 out of the last 10 matches.
Ghana vs Nigeria World Cup Qualifier Qatar 2022: Match Schedule
The first leg will be played on 25th March 2022 at the Baba Yara Sport Stadium, Kumasi. The last time both sides played in Kumasi – September 1990 – the Black Stars came out 1-0 winners. The Super Eagles will be banking on their home advantage in the second leg on 29th March 2022. This will be played at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
Ghana vs Nigeria: Our Prediction
Its will be a tight affair. There are very few reasons to believe that one side has the edge over the other. We are predicting that at least one of the 2 legs will end in a draw. However, we are backing Nigeria to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup over the 2 legs.
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