According to Ghanaian pubnlications, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested for 10,000 tickets for the 2022 World Cup playoff in Ghana in two weeks time, even though the Cape Coast Stadium venue for the titanic clash takes just 15,000 spectators, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
According to sources at Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports they have received a letter requesting for match tickets from their Nigerian counterparts seeking to attend the first-leg match in Cape Coast.
The stadium situated in the Central Region of Ghana admits 15,000 spectators with the NFF requesting more than half of the actual capacity.
This means the Nigerian government wants to outnumber even the home team supporters 4:1 before the second leg is played in Abuja to decide which team goes through to the global tournament.
With sponsors and other partners likely to take a chunk of the tickets, it is even impossible for the home side to get half of the tickets available let alone the visiting team.
However FIFA regulations demand that the visiting team are given a sizable portion of the tickets but not half of it.
This means Nigeria will not even get 7,500 per the distribution of the tickets and could settle for between 2,000 to 5,000 tickets with the number they are to be given likely to be 3,000 tickets.
If this arrangement is agreed, the Nigerians are expected to reciprocate the gesture when the second leg match is played in Abuja.
This is the latest mind games adopted by the Nigerians ahead of the massive clash with their arch rivals for a single ticket to the 2022 World Cup to be played in Qatar later this year.
The NFF have made advanced preparations ahead of the crucial encounter against their West Africa rivals later this month and it shows they are leaving no stones unturned ahead of the game.
Ghana host Nigeria on March 25, 2022 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium before traveling to Abuja for the second leg on March 29 at the Mashood Abiola Stadium.
The Cape Coast Sports Stadium has been the home of the Black Stars during the World Cup qualifiers.