Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has expressed confidence in his team to break down the resolute defending of the Blacks Stars led by Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey, when both teams clash in the second leg of their Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off on Tuesday.
Amartey was outstanding for the Black Stars in the first leg of the tie at the Baba Yara Stadium last Friday shackling the Eagles attack line led by Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who failed to have a clear chance at goal throughout the goalless encounter in Kumasi.
Speaking ahead of the game on Tuesday, Eguavoen said the team would work on creating more chances when they clashed in the second leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa says Nigeria’s Super Eagles are fully concentrated on Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 playoff duel with Ghana’s Black Stars, with the players determined to put up a performance that will earn Nigeria a seventh appearance at football’s biggest house party since her 1994 debut.
Musa spoke in an interview with NFF TV.
Nigeria have 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.
Ghana paced the pitch but Nigeria created more chances in a high-octane first leg at a paroxystic Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Friday which ended goalless.
Victor Osimhen has described the rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana more than football-related, adding that he was confident the Super Eagles will overcome the Black Stars to pick the FIFA World Cup ticket.
Both teams will lock horns again in the second leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja after the first leg ended in a stalemate at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last Friday.
Osimhen who led the Eagles attack in the first leg is aiming to make his debut appearance at the World Cup in Qatar.
The CAF 2015 Youth Player of the Year also expressed his regrets of not playing at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon where the Eagles crashed out in the Round of 16.
The former Lille striker missed the 2021 AFCON due to a facial injury and COVID-19 issues.
The Confederation of African Football has approved a request by Nigeria to allow spectators to fill the 60,000-capacity MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja for Tuesday’s must-win World Cup playoffs against Ghana.
Special Assistant on Multimedia to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Toyin Ibitoye made this known in a tweet on Sunday.
This also comes after CAF approved Ghana’s request to fill up the 40,000-capacity Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi for the first leg which ended goalless last Friday.
The clash will determine one of five teams that will represent Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.
The World Cup in Qatar will take place from November 21 to December 18, with 32 teams taking part in the competition.
Meanwhile, the prices of the match tickets for the game in Abuja have been announced.
The popular side ticket will cost 1,000 naira, while the VIP ticket will be 20,000 naira.
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