A place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be on the line on Tuesday when West African rivals Nigeria and Ghana square off at the M.K.O Abiola National Stadium.
Following Friday’s draw Ghana have now failed to win any of their last five games across all competitions, while Nigeria have managed just one win in their last five home games.
The spoils were a shared in an uneventful goalless draw when Ghana and Nigeria locked horns in the first-leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff tie last Friday.
In a drab contest at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, both sides were guilty of a lethargic display and lack of cutting edge at the attacking end of the pitch as they settled for a draw, leaving all to play for on Tuesday.
Prior to that, the Super Eagles enjoyed a fine group-stage campaign, winning four and claiming one draw from six games to collect 13 points and finish top of Group C, two points above runners-up Cape Verde.
However, Nigeria now return to home soil where they have struggled to get going, claiming just two wins from their last nine games since 2019, while losing three and claiming four draws in that time.
Austine Eguavoen’s men, who are currently 32nd in the latest FIFA World Rankings, will look to end this dry spell and equal Cameron’s record for the most represented African nation in the history of the World Cup with seven appearances.
Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Aina, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Bassey; Onyeka, Aribo; Lookman, Iheanacho, Dennis; Osimhen
Ghana possible starting lineup:
Wollacott; Mensah, Amartey, Djiku, Odoi; Partey, Baba, Kudus; J Ayew, Afena-Gyan, A Ayew
What’s your preferred first eleven and prediction for the game…?