Ghana vs Nigeria 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off: Here is all you need to know

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Ghana Vs Nigeria 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off has been arguably the most talked-about fixture in Africa, especially on social media. The rivalry between these two West African countries goes beyond the pitch, citizens from the two countries compete for superiority over different areas of life.

Hence, a football game as huge as the two-legged play-offs which could make or mar the countries’ chances of playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is seen as an opportunity to settle a series of scores.

What is the venue and kick-off time of Ghana vs Nigeria:

Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.
Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.

Two-legged Ghana vs Nigeria World Cup qualification play-offs will determine which of the two countries will represent Africa in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This means that one of the powerhouses in African football will not be in Qatar.

The first leg of the play-off will take place in Kumasi, Ghana. Baba Yara Sports Stadium with a seating capacity of 40,528 will host the game.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 20:30 (8:30 PM Nigeria Time) on Friday, March 25, 2022.

While the second leg will take place in Abuja, Nigeria at the M.K.O Abiola National Stadium with a 60,491 seating capacity. The second leg will kick off at 18:00 on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

The M.K.O Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria.
The M.K.O Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria.

Head to Head between Nigeria and Ghana

Ghana vs Nigeria 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off: Here is all you need to know

Statistically, Ghana is superior to Nigeria in terms of the number of wins the country has enjoyed over Nigeria in the history of football.

So far, Ghana and Nigeria have met a total number of 56 times in all competitions. In those meetings, Ghana recorded a whopping 25 wins while Nigeria managed 12 wins. While they shared points 19 times.

The largest scoreline in a Ghana vs Nigeria fixture was a 7-0 victory in favor of Ghana. Ghana recorded the unmatched victory in Jalco Cup on June 1, 1955.

In the last 9 games between the countries, Ghana recorded four wins, Nigeria had three victories, and they both shared points twice.

Ghana vs Nigeria: What is their current form?

In recent years, Nigeria has seen the rise of some super talented footballers who have given the country an edge over most teams in Africa.

For instance, in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles of Nigeria played beautifully and defeated all the teams in their group. But failed to progress beyond the round of 16 stage.

While in the previous round of the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria recorded four wins, a draw, and a defeat to top their group.

On the other hand, Ghana had a more disastrous outing in the just concluded Africa Nations Cup. The country recorded two defeats in three games which ended their journey in the group stage of the competition.

Ghana vs Nigeria 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off: Here is all you need to know

While in the previous phase of the World Cup qualifiers, the Black Stars of Ghana recorded four wins, a defeat, and a draw to qualify for the playoffs.

Ghana World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:

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Ghana form (all competitions):
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Nigeria World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:

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Nigeria form (all competitions):
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Ghana possible starting lineup:
Wollacott; Mensah, Amartey, Djiku, Yiadom; Partey, Wakaso; Paintsil, Kudus, Antwi-Adjei; Wriedt

Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Sanusi, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina; Onyeka, Aribo; Lookman, Iheanacho, Dennis; Osimhen

Who are missing?

Ghana will be without their captain, Andre Ayew because he is under suspension due to the red card he received during the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations.

While Nigeria will be without injured Wilfred Ndidi, suspended Alex Iwobi, and ill goalkeeper Maduka Okoya.

Where to watch Ghana vs Nigeria play-off

Viewers in Nigeria can watch Ghana vs Nigeria on Friday night via Africa Independent Television (AIT), and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). DSTV and GOTV subscribers can also enjoy the game live.

Viewers outside Nigeria can stream the game online via streaming apps, the NFF TV website, and Mola TV.

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