Eagles Ready For Black Stars – Eguavoen

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Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen, says his team will relish coming up against arch-rivals Ghana in their Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off later this month.

Both teams will rekindle a 71-year rivalry as they bid to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, and Eguavoen remains confident the Eagles will be psychologically ready for the tie.

According to him, qualification for the World Cup will banish the sad memories of the 2021 AFCON, where the Eagles crashed out of the tournament in the round of 16.

The Eagles have failed to beat the Black Stars in their last four meetings losing three and drawing one. Their last win over their West African rivals was in 2006 where they edged the Blacks Stars by a lone goal courtesy of a Taye Taiwo free-kick.

“We had an ambition to be at the World Cup and we will try to put the players in the right frame of mind psychologically for the game against Ghana.

“Victory over Ghana will banish the sad moments of the AFCON.

“We have a lot of mutual respect for one another, and when Ghana play Nigeria and Nigeria play Ghana, it’s always tough, it’s always tight.

“But it’s going to boil down to us trying to go there (Ghana). We will play everything we can to try to win the game, in fact, in both games no disrespect, because Ghana is a very strong side, individually and collectively. We will just go and fight and try to win the game.”

Ghana host Nigeria in the first leg on March 25 at the Cape Coast Stadium, while the return leg is billed for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja four days later.




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