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Black Stars  need a miracle to beat Nigeria, says  Dan Owusu



Legendary Ghana forward Dan Owusu has  written off the Black Stars in their two-match World Cup play off with Nigeria. According to the former striker, Ghana will need a miracle to edge past  Nigeria for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Dan Owusu, should not be confused with the more dangerous Kwasi Owusu who was a ‘tormentor-in-chief’ of the Nigerian defence in matches of the early 1970s. Easily recalled was the hattrick that Kwasi Owusu scored against Nigeria in a tempestuous World Cup qualifier on 10 February 1973 – the first time Nigeria lost a match at the Lagos National Stadium.

He died two years ago. But his name sake was almost as good as the late Kwasi Owusu whose  goal also made Nigeria lose the gold medal at the maiden Nigeria-Ghana Sports Festival in August 1974.

The Black Stars will take on their sworn rivals in crunch final play-offs on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium before the reverse fixture at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on March 29, 2022.

The winner of both legs will secure one of the five African World Cup slot.

In an interview with Sylvester Ntim of Koforidua-based Bryt FM, the former Kotoko forward cast doubt about the Black Stars qualification chances, claiming the team will need a miracle to beat the Super Eagles to qualify.


“Ghana’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup is very slim, in fact, the game against Nigeria is very dicey but here is the case we don’t know the men to even do the job for us. Why have they kept the squad for all this while? He quizzed.

“Before a team can be a champion, it will depend on the goalkeeper because we all saw what Edward Mendy did for Senegal at the AFCON, Senegal couldn’t have won the title had it not being him”

“But our case is different, so I think it will be difficult for Ghana to qualify unless miracle but miracle is not considered in football, it’s about quality” he said.

“To get a strong starting lineup for the Black Stars now is very difficult. Every coach has players he calls which brings inconsistency to the team. We have many Ghanaian players locally and others in Europe who are very good footballers yet when coaches are making call ups, they choose more foreign players than the local players”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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