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Nigeria vs Ghana: West African Giants Face off again in 2022 World Cup Playoffs

The first leg hosted last week in Kumasi ended in a goalless with the tie being open ahead of Tuesday’s second leg meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.

Ayew (L) will be key to Ghana's progression while Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho is all Nigeria prays for to shine on Tuesday (Courtesy Photos)

Two West African soccer giants Ghana and Nigeria will on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 face-off again in the second leg of the two-legged 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs seeking to book a ticket to Qatar in November this year. 

The first leg of this mouthwatering West African derby hosted last week at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana ended in a goalless with the tie being open ahead of Tuesday’s second leg meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.

Daniel Amartey Ghana
Black Stars’ Daniel Amartey in action against Nigeria on Friday, last week

Ghana dismayed at their performance in the recently concluded African Cup of Nations tourney turn their sights to this do-or-die world cup tie, against rivals Nigeria after narrowly clinching first place in Group G of the qualifiers. 

On the other hand, Nigeria head into Friday’s match fresh off the back of a shock exit from the AFCON at the Round of 16 stage at the hands of Tunisia.

Mohammed Kudus Ghana
Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus vies for the ball against Nigeria’s Zanusi

Augustine Eguavoen’s side come into the game with a winless run against Ghana since 2006, with 4 defeats and 1 draw which puts the odds in favour of Ghana, who are the hosts of this first leg.

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Possible Starting Lineups and predictions

Ghana possible XI:

Wollacott; Mensah, Amartey, Djiku, Yiadom; Thomas Partey, Wakaso; Paintsil, Kudus, Antwi-Adjei; Wriedt

Nigeria possible XI:

Uzoho; Sanusi, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina; Onyeka, Aribo, Iheanacho; Lookman, Moses Simon; Osimhen.

Predictions

With Ghana hungry to secure a place in the 2022 Qatar world cup, the black stars will most probably win the tie 2-1.


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