March, 25 2022.
While both nations will relish the prospect of outdoing the other for a World Cup berth, claiming bragging rights in this west african derby represents one of the narratives heading into this double-header.
Having largely underperformed at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana and Nigeria will be seeking a response to the early exits in Cameroon.
Securing the ticket to Qatar will undoubtedly soften the blow of the respective group stage and Round of 16 exits at the finals, but only one side can come out on top.
F&A sporting management supremo, Prince Fred Akhigbe said the Super Eagles of Nigeria must be at their best to summount the Ghanian obstacle.
"I think the coaching have done well by inviting our best legs for this clash but still the players have to be at their best if they want to grab the qualifying ticket at the expense of their West Africa neighbors, Ghana“, He posited.
Nigeria’s menace from wide positions caused opponents loads of problems in the Africa Nations Cup, the inability to be multi-dimensional against Tunisia ultimately cost Eguavoen’s troops a quarter-final place.
Channeling attacks with greater balance makes the side less predictable and harder to defend against, but it remains to be seen how the three-time African champions adapt against the Black Stars.
While xraying the chances of the two teams. The Edo born Prince Fred Akhigbe noted that the Eagles on current form are better than their Ghanaian counterpart, while also stressing that the Eagles must expect a very tough battle given the soccer rivalry between the two countries.
The Black Stars are billed to host the Eagles at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi on Friday in the first leg with the return leg slated for Abuja on March 29. After which the winner on aggregate would join four other teams as representatives of Africa at the mundial.