After a 0-0 draw in Kumasi on Friday, two of African football’s heavyweights head for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium with it all to play for.
The spoils were a shared in an uneventful goalless draw as Super Eagles saw their penalty decision overturned by VAR when they locked horns with Ghana in the first-leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff tie in Kumasi last Friday. Both sides were guilty of a lethargic display and lack of cutting edge at the attacking end of the pitch as they settled for a draw, leaving all to play for on Tuesday.
Nigeria now return to home soil where they have struggled to get going, claiming just two wins from their last nine games since 2019, while losing three and claiming four draws in that time.
With away goals still in play for the qualifiers, it’s a slight advantage for Ghana. Should the Black Stars score, it will leave Nigeria needing to twice find the back of the net to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Austine Eguavoen’s men, who are currently 32nd in the latest FIFA World Rankings, will look to end this dry spell and equal Cameron’s record for the most represented African nation in the history of the World Cup with seven appearances.
- “Give us this day, our biggest day”: Nigeria clash with Ghana in winner-take-all affairs as history tends to repeat itself.
Following Friday’s draw, Nigeria have now avoided defeat in all but one of their last 43 World Cup qualifying matches. That singular defeat, however, came last year when a Gernot Rohr-led Eagles fell to a shock 1-0 home loss to the Central African Republic.
That disappointing loss to the CAR highlights the Eagles’ poor run on home soil, where they have claimed just two wins from their last five games since 2020.
On the other hand, Friday’s draw came fresh off the back of a disappointing run at the Africa Cup of Nations, where Ghana were dumped out in the group stages with just one point from three games.
The Black Stars have now failed to win any of their last five games across all competitions, losing three and claiming two draws since a 1-0 victory over South Africa back in November.
Kick-off time & Date.
Nigeria vs Ghana is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off time tonight, Tuesday March 29, 2022.
The Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja will host the match.
Nigeria’s stalemate against Ghana in Kumasi was the 19th in 50 clashes between the two, with the Black Stars edging the head-to-head with 21 wins.
Nigeria wins: 10
Ghana wins: 21
Nigeria are sweating on the fitness of two of their star players as Ndidi’s replacement Innocent Bonke and 2019 AFCON star boy Samuel Chukwueze went off injured in Kumasi.
Speaking to the press, Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen revealed that both were not present in training.
“we expect the doctors to give us the results of their test by 9.00 pm and to will help us to decide whether they will play or not. But we have enough materials to take their places if they are not fit for the game.”
For Ghana, Ghana will be boosted by the return of veteran forward and skipper Andre Ayew, who is now available for selection after missing the first leg through suspension.
And Roma forward Felix Afena-Gyan is confident he has recovered from the injury to have forced him off in the first-leg.
Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Aina, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Bassey; Onyeka, Aribo; Moses, Iheanacho, Dennis; Osimhen
Ghana possible starting lineup:
Wollacott; Mensah, Amartey, Djiku, Odoi; Partey, Baba, Kudus; J Ayew, Afena-Gyan, A Ayew
Nigeria vs Ghana Prediction.
The Moshood Abiola National Stadium is set to witness the high and low of two West Africa giants as they square off in battle for Qatar’s ticket.
After the stalement, Nigeria will be counting on the support of their home crowd at the M.K.O Abiola National Stadium as they take on their close rivals Ghana.
However, With away goals still in play, it’s a slight advantage for Ghana. Do so much as score and all of the pressure is on a Nigerian side who crumbled under the weight of expectation at the African Cup of Nations.
But On paper, Nigeria head into the game as favourites to come away with the results as they boast a plethora of world-class talents across all department of the pitch and also due to home advantage. While we expect the Black Stars to force an upset, we are tipping Nigeria to shield it off and come away with the win in the winner-take-all affairs.
NIGERIA 2:0 GHANA