How Super Eagles miss 2022 World Cup qualification 

How Super Eagles miss 2022 World Cup qualification 
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A battling performance came short of earning the 2022 FIFA World Cup ticket for Nigeria as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Ghana’s Black Stars in their playoff final battle at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. Both teams had fought to a 0-0 draw in Kumasi on Friday.

The Super Eagles set out with zest and belief in front of a full house at the 60,491 –capacity stadium, and Emmanuel Dennis shaded three defenders only to overhit his cross in the 8th minute.

Ghana shocked the 60,000 cheering spectators when Thomas Partey unleased a shot from 20 yards that surprisingly went past goalkeeper Francis Uzoho into the net for the first goal of the fixture.

Victor Osimhen came close to equalizing a minute after but dragged his shot too wide, and in the 19th minute, a fierce tussle in the Ghanaian box ended with Tunisian referee Selmi Sadok awarding a penalty kick to Nigeria. William Ekong stepped up to send goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott the wrong way.

In the 34th minute, Nigeria thought they had taken the lead when Victor Osimhen ran hard on a floated ball from Oghenekaro Etebo and got past Wollacott to slot into the net, but a VAR check by referee Sadok ruled out the strike. On the stroke of half time, a cut back by Dennis was safely dealt with by Wollacott.

The Eagles struggled to create many chances in the second half. A floater by Ademola Lookman in the 50th minute was caught by Wollacott. Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and Osimhen on two occasions, missed narrowly as the Eagles failed to get the goal they needed to turn the table.

Ghana qualify for the showpiece in Qatar on the away goal rule. 

1 Comment on this Post

  1. Ayodele

    5 Reasons Eagles Lost
    1. The blood of the innocents shed yesterday when terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train. Heavens doesn’t smile on a nation that shedding of innocent blood has become a common occurrence.
    2. Abuja national stadium is cursed because it was named after a man unjustly denied his tight after winning an election. Home games should never be played there again. Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo should be used for Eagles home games.
    3. Unjust sacking of a man (Gernet Rorh) that has qualified Nigeria for 3 successive tournaments without using the calculator as well as 3rd place finish at 2019 Afcon.
    4. Failure to score in the first leg. 0-0 away is never a good score as away goals count double
    5. Poor tactics from the bench over the 2 games, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of the players in the second leg.
    Congratulations to Ghana for a well deserved victory.

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