2022 World Cup play-off: Black Stars technical advisor insists they are ready for Nigeria epic clash

Published on: 21 March 2022

Black Stars technical advisor Chris Hughton has expressed Ghana's readiness for the blockbuster World Cup play-off against Nigeria in the World Cup this week.

Black Stars will play the Super Eagles in a two-legged encounter on Friday and on Tuesday as the winner will claim of the Africa's five slots at the Mundial in Qatar.

The first leg of the decisive qualifying tie will be played on March 25, 2022 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The two West African heavyweights will meet again on March 29, 2022 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

Speaking to the Ghana FA media, the former Newcastle United boss called on Ghanaians to remain calm ahead of the epic clash.

The former Premier League manager believes the team is ready to face the Super Eagles in the two-legged encounter.

"Remain calm and be positive about the team," Hughton said.

"We strongly believe we have the quality, desire and hunger to achieve the results that we want, it is our aim to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar and we all have a duty to make that dream a reality.

"Ghana has done it before and we can guarantee you that every Ghanaian wants to see the team in Qatar and we are committed to that. We are Ghana and we are ready."

Ghana missed out on the last edition of the World Cup in 2018 in Russia and are keen on making their 4th appearance after 2006 in Germany, 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil respectively.

In head-to-head meetings between the two West African rivals, Ghana enjoys the superiority having won 25, drew 19 and lost 12 in 56 clashes.

The last time the Black Stars played against the Super Eagles in Kumasi, Ghana won 1-0 with Saara Mensah scoring the match winner in 1990.

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