The journey to Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup will reawaken a top African rivalry, Nigeria VS Ghana Rivalry.
Ghana and Nigeria battle for a single slot.
There is more fire between Nigeria and Ghana, in African rivalry folklore as joined by inescapable fate.
The first leg is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022, while the second leg will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi will host the first leg of the 2022 World Cup playoff game.
The stadium received a one-match approval from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the big game.
Nigeria vs Ghana History
The age-long ‘battle’ between Super Eagles and Ghana’s Black Stars dates back to the JALCO Cup, an international competition between the two countries, which commenced in Ghana (then Gold Coast) in 1951. Gold coast had won every tie it hosted in 1951, 1953, and 1955, while Nigeria had also won at home in 1952, 1954, and 1956
The 1955 edition was perhaps the most dramatic, where Nigeria lost by a whopping seven goals to nil to their Ghanaian counterparts.
The 1958 edition of the JALCO Cup even has more drama. The Black Stars came to Lagos, determined to avenge Nigeria’s first win on Ghanaian soil. The score was 2-2 when a scandalous decision by the centre referee almost ruined the match.
Black Stars protested a goal vehemently. A furious wife of Ohene Djan stormed the field and slapped the centre referee, stopping the game for twenty minutes.
When Nigeria celebrated her Independence in October 1960 and decided to invite the Black Stars to participate in the joyous occasion, climaxed by an always eagerly anticipated football match-up between the two countries, it proved to be a costly mistake for Nigeria.
Although Nigeria invited their neighbours to join their Independence “party”.
With both countries fielding their stronger teams, the Baba Yara-led Black Stars handed Nigeria a 3-nil bashing at the National Stadium in Lagos to get their vengeance.
Top Quotes for Nigeria Vs Ghana Rivalry
Ghana versus Nigeria match is never an easy one. It is more about rivalry. It is a pride match and bragging rights.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni understands this, and he shares his views on the not too friendly battle.
“No one will feel good. Everyone will feel bad and be upset about not going to the World Cup,” Yakubu told Joy Sports.
“Also, this is the last chance of most of the boys in the Nigerian team to play in the World Cup, it will never come, so they have to go there and give their best. We don’t want to be thinking about not going to the World Cup. We’re thinking of going to be in Qatar already.
“I know how the Ghanaians are feelings, they want to be in the World Cup as well, but for Nigerians, our dream is to go there, to support them. Just imagine Nigeria not qualifying for the World Cup. If Ghana doesn’t qualify for the World Cup, it’s not a big deal but Nigeria not qualifying is a big deal”.
Austine Jay Jay Okocha lay down the gauntlet on what it takes to play a Nigeria vs Ghana game.
“For me, what is most important is to get the ticket. It doesn’t matter how, even if we don’t play beautiful football. “What is important is getting the ticket to the World Cup in Qatar. It is the result that matters”.
Nigeria Vs Ghana Rivalry: A Presidential Warning
Nigeria played Ghana on the road to the 2002 world cup in a decisive game of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, captain Sunday Oliseh remembers what former President Olusegun Obasanjo told him before the game.
I will always remember What President Obasanjo said to me as i led Nigeria out for this game..”Oliseh,you can see captaining this great country is not easy, like it is Ruling it,You must win this match”… Great Memories & Naija forever https://t.co/bdanMypKLt
— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) March 23, 2022
“I will always remember What President Obasanjo said to me as I led Nigeria out for this game. Oliseh, you can see, captaining this great country is not easy like it is Ruling it. You must win this match. Great Memories Naija forever”.