Understandably, a fixture of Nigeria and Ghana hold a big significance for both countries who have been rivals since 1951.
But this month’s back-to-back fixtures appear to be the biggest since both teams’ maiden encounter on 20 October 1951.
It is not just because it is a World Cup qualifying fixture as there have been such encounters in the past. But above all the previous match-ups, this month’s own is the ultimate as the aggregate winners go to the zenith of football competition – the World Cup, the very first in the Gulf Region and the first with the 36-team format.
It is therefore not a big surprise at manoeuvres and counter-manoeuvres allegedly by both camps.
According to Ghana, Nigeria have already begun their underground work and operations ahead of the 2022 World Cup playoff first leg against Ghana on March 25, 2022.
Ghana are expected to host Nigeria at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium before the second leg to be played at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on March 29, 2022.
A report in Ghanasoccernet claims that Nigeria have sent spies and scouts to Ghana to monitor proceedings and preparations of the Black Stars team ahead of the game.
According to the report monitored by Sports Village Square, the delegation has been sent to Ghana to prepare grounds for the team before they arrive in the country on 23 March.
The reports has it that the members of the delegation are currently lodging at a plush hotel in East Legon.
“They will later move to Cape Coast to scout for a good hotel for the team and the travelling supporters.
“Last week it was reported that The Nigeria Football Federation has already requested for 10,000 tickets for the game against Ghana.
The three-time AFCON champions are hoping to beat the Black Stars in order to make their seventh World Cup appearance this year in Qatar.”