Nigeria In Make-Or-Break Conflict With Ghana Right this moment
Nigeria’s home-based Tremendous Eagles must step up their recreation for a must-win encounter with Ghana’s Black Stars within the ongoing WAFU Nations Cup in the present day.
Each fierce rivals conflict on the Cape Coast Stadium ranging from 6pm (7pm Nigeria time) with contrasting footage of their heads earlier than kick-off.
Ghana is comfy and already has a ticket into the semi finals with six factors from their first two matches within the group section, whereas the Eagles have solely two factors and should win to make sure of a spot within the final 4.
Ghana’s six factors have come from wins over Guinea and Mali, who each drew with Nigeria and thus have a degree every, however a win for both workforce (Guinea/Mali) of their recreation that can run concurrently on the Ndoum Stadium will knock the Tremendous Eagles out of the operating in the event that they fail to defeat Ghana.
“It’s a must-win recreation; we’re actually conscious of that. Positively, we are going to take a look at making a number of modifications as a result of that is one match we should present character and effectivity on the rear, and center and the fore,” noticed workforce coach, Salisu Yusuf, forward of in the present day’s conflict.
“Not solely should we keep away from defeat; we should win to make progress within the championship. That calls for absolute seriousness and diligence and solely the very best legs will do.”
The Eagles did not fly in each group section video games up to now, after displaying potential in a 2-Zero win over Sierra Leone the day after arriving in Ghana for the event.
Other than the strain on the African Nations Championship-bound Tremendous Eagles to attain victory (Ghana did not qualify for CHAN after dropping to Burkina Faso proper in Kumasi after a 2-2 attract Ouagadougou), and Ghana’s dedication to pacifying house followers for the pinfall suffered within the palms of Burkina Faso, the 66-year outdated rivalry between each nations will make it a ferocious affair in Cape Coast.
Within the early days of the rivalry, Nigeria received extra matches within the Jalco Cup, however Ghana had the higher hand within the Nkrumah Cup and Zik Cup encounters that adopted, each trophies named after main pan-African figures Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Among the many most memorable encounters between Nigeria and Ghana in these 66 years have been a 2-2 attract a 1962 World Cup qualifying match in Lagos in September 1960 (Ghana had received the primary leg Four-1 in Accra); a 2-2 attract an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Accra in April 1961 (the primary leg in Lagos ended Zero-Zero) and a 2-1 win for Nigeria in a 1970 World Cup qualifier in Ibadan in Might 1969 (the return in Accra ended 1-1).
Others embrace; a Four-2 win for Nigeria within the 2nd All-Africa Video games soccer event opener in Lagos in January 1973; a Three-2 win for Ghana in a World Cup qualifier in Lagos in February 1973 (match was deserted and later awarded 2-Zero to Ghana); a 1-1 attract a 1978 Africa Cup of Nations match in Accra.
A 2-1 win for Nigeria in a 1984 Olympics qualifier in Accra in October 1983; a 2-1 win for Nigeria in a 1984 Cup of Nations match in Bouake; a 1-Zero win for Ghana in a 1992 Cup of Nations qualifier in Accra in September 1990 and; a Three-Zero win for Nigeria in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt in July 2001 that certified Nigeria for the Korea/Japan finals are a number of the thrilling video games between each international locations which can make the Ghanaians to not take issues calmly regardless of already having of the ticket to the semis within the kitty.