The Black Stars of Ghana have secured a ticket to the FIFA World Cup finals for the fourth time in their history after edging out arch-rivals Nigeria on away goal rule advantage over two legs tie.
Ghana were held by Nigeria to a goalless draw in the first leg at the Baba Yara sports stadium last Friday, but the Stars have triumphed over their ever rivals after securing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Abuja on Tuesday.
Captain Thomas Partey put the Black Stars in front with a 10th minute ferrocious strike which ended at the back of Eagles net. The home side took the game to Ghana, threatening the goal area of Otto Addo’s side, and the efforts paid off 12 minutes after Ghana’s opener.
Nigeria captain William Troost-Ekong equalized for Nigeria from the penalty spot after a VAR check confirmed a foul against Ghana in the Ghana box. The first half ended 1-1 for both sides.
Back from the break, the Ghana interim coach Otto Addo made five substitutions with the likes of Kyere, Yiadom, Osman Bukari, Wriedt, Owusu all coming on from the bench to strengthen the team. Nigeria boss Eguavoen on the other hand, also effected five substitutions as well to introduce more energy into the game.
Both teams failed to score any further and the match ended 1-1 and Ghana have qualified to the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar for the fourth time in history.