When top Nigerian strikers return for the World Cup Qualifiers, the Ghana Black Stars are in serious trouble.
A place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be staged in Qatar later this year, is up for grabs for the Ghanaian national team, known as the Black Stars.
In the final phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ghana will host the Super Eagles of Nigeria in March. Both legs will be played in Cape Coast, Ghana, with the first leg taking place on March 24 and the second game taking place three days later in the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Nigeria. After missing out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Ghana must win the two-legged game to be eligible to compete in the tournament again. At the FIFA World Cup, Ghana has made three appearances, the first two of which were in Germany and the third in South Africa in 2010.
During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil, they made an appearance but were eliminated during the group stage. During the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana was a ghost of the team that qualified. They were held to a 1-1 tie by the Panthers of Gabon in their second match, following a 1-0 loss to Morocco in their first match. It was a 3-2 victory over the Comoros in their third group game, giving them a single point for the tournament. As a result of the defeat, they would be eliminated from the competition in the group stage for the first time since the 2006 edition, which was held in Cairo.
In preparation for the crucial match against Nigeria, the Black Stars would have to contend with the return of several key players to the squad. For the crucial match against Juventus in March, Emmanuel Osimhen of Napoli will be available. Also expected to be available for selection is Emmanuel Denis, who was not released by his English club Watford for the AFCON in Cameroon in 2021. If they want to beat Nigeria in March, the Black Stars’ defense will have their hands full with a bevy of attacking options.