The Black Stars of Ghana failed to tame their rivals , Super Eagles of Nigeria, in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoffs at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last night.
The Ghanaians went into the eagerly-anticipated 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier optimistic to secure a point in Kumasi to extend an advantage ahead of a second leg tie in Abuja on Tuesday March 29,2022.
The Black Stars started the game with the expected energy at the capacity full yellow and red Baba Yara arena.
AS Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan and right-back Denis Odoi were handed international debuts by newly appointed Ghana boss, Otto Addo.
It looked as if the Stars had the game in early minutes but the Eagles proved they were no easy push-overs ending the first half goalless.
The Nigerians came into the game aggressively after the restart as the Black Stars had clearly run out of ideas as to how to break down the Super Eagles and were just launching long balls in behind the Eagles’ defence.
The game ended 0-0 after injury time with no winner at the coliseum. Nigeria has a slight advantage but the away goals rule means the winning team on aggregate goes through to the World Cup in Qatar.
The two teams will face off again in three days at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.