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Nigeria/Ghana: 90 Minutes of Fireworks in Abuja As Nigeria, Ghana Gun for World Cup Ticket

Just 90 minutes stand between the Super Eagles and a ticket to a seventh World Cup look now. It is essentially the most anticipated and probably -explosive encounter between Nigeria and Ghana of their 71-year, 58-match rivalry. Nothing comes near it in all their earlier encounters.

After enjoying a goalless draw with the Black Stars final Friday in Kumasi, Augustine Eguavoen and his technical crew are very a lot conscious that everybody is on edge now, ready for the match to kick off.

Where will the pendulum swing after regulation time? Will it’s Nigeria or Ghana smiling to Qatar? Will the sport drag into added time and maybe shootouts? A goalless draw after after added time will naturally drag the sport into penalty shootouts. Score draw of any type will robotically hand over the ticket to the guests. It subsequently is one sport Nigeria can not afford to lose by any margin. Shootout is just not even an choice as a result of it’s a lottery. It can go both manner!

Apart from a lot of the senior gamers who’ve tasted World Cup actions like Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, William Troost-Ekong-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho Shehu Abdullahi, and so forth, failing to win will likely be a significant heartbreak for the youthful era led by Victor Osimhen.

One mistake Eguavoen can not afford to make as we speak is to repeat his two-man midfield that gave free rein to the Ghanaians within the first leg.

Below is reactions of among the gamers forward of the must-win conflict with Ghana this night in Abuja;

Odion Ighalo: It is Going to Be a Tough Game But We Will Win

“This is a chance for the youthful members of this crew to be on the World Cup. It will not imply a lot to them now however after they end their profession and look again, it’s then they’ll realise what enjoying on the highest degree of soccer (World Cup) means. . I’ve been there earlier than and searching ahead to going to a different one in Qatar.

“The Ghanaians are going to come out now and play because they have nothing to lose. We just need to give our 110 per cent to the game and hope for the best. It is going to be a tough game.”

Victor Osimhen: We are Determined to Qualify for the World Cup

“This match means a lot to me, not just me but the whole team. We are looking forward to this game. It won’t be easy. No game is easy in Africa anymore. It is going to be very physical. The ticket to the World Cup means a lot to us. We are hoping our supporters to support us with maximum support from the stands. With due respect to the Ghanaians who I know have quality players, we are looking forward to winning on Tuesday in Abuja.”