Qatar 2022: Super Eagles Set To Battle Ghana Again, Focused On Qualifying


The Super Eagles of Nigeria are fully focused and ready for Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 playoff battle with Ghana’s Black Stars.

Nigeria made a debut World Cup appearance in 1994 and the players have confirmed they are determined to put up a performance that will earn Nigeria a seventh ticket.

Team captain, Ahmed Musa re-affirmed that the objective is to be at the World Cup.

“All the players, including myself, want to go to the World Cup. For me, it is very important because it could be my last World Cup. I enjoyed the last two finals that I participated in, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. I want to experience it again. Most of the players in the present squad have not been to the World Cup and they desire to be there.

“We all know it won’t be easy. Ghana will come here to do battle but we are ready for whatever they turn up with. I will not say more than that.”

Ghana paced the pitch but Nigeria created more chances in a high-octane first leg at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last week Friday. The match ended goalless, setting the stage for a crucial second-leg clash in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigeria has the distinct advantage to pull through to Qatar at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, with the Eagles to play in front of a capacity 60,000 fans after the Nigeria Football Federation secured a go-ahead from the Confederation of African Football for maximum capacity.

Nigeria has been at every FIFA World Cup finals since 1994, bar the 2006 edition in Germany, and reached the Round of 16 in USA 1994, France 1998 and Brazil 2014.

The last time both countries were involved in a FIFA World Cup qualifying was in 2001, when they finished 0-0 in Accra and Nigeria swept aside their visitors 3-0 in Port Harcourt in July 2001 to qualify for Korea/Japan.

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