Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
There will be fireworks when Ghana and Nigeria face each other in the Africa World Cup playoffs, first leg. The Black Stars failed to impress at the 2022 AFCON, with the team collecting only one point in total in Group C. Ghana footballers are low on spirits ahead of Friday’s clash, which is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered. As always, Jordan and Andre Ayew will be the men to watch in the home team.
The Super Eagles, on the other hand, will be without Leicester City midfielder Wilfried N’Didi in the first leg, with Innocent Bonke stepping up. His teammate Kelechi Iheanacho is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors, while Almeria rising star Umar Sadiq should start from the bench. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Cape Coast Sports Stadium as Ghana are tough to beat at home.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Partey):
After starting his youth career at Odometah, Thomas Partey was spotted by Atletico Madrid scouts in 2011 and he soon joined the Estadio Vicente Calderon outfit. The defensive midfielder, who born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana on 13 June, 1993, played 33 league games for Atletico Madrid B, while making 14 league appearances for the first team.
After ending his loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria, Thomas Partey returned to Atletico Madrid in 2015 and he made his debut for Diego Simeone’s team in a 1-0 win over Espanyol. The Ghanaian footballer played in the 2015/2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid, coming as a substitute in the 116th minute of the game.
Thomas Partey made his Ghana debut in a 2-0 win over Mauritius in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. His main position is defensive midfield, but the Atletico Madrid man is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Partey scored two goals for los Rojiblancos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (Nigeria):
Nigeria is an African national football team controlled by Nigeria Football Federation. The Super Eagles are well known for their green and white kits, but they played some descent football in the past as well. The Nigerians did well to qualify for six of last seven World Cup finals (as of 2018), with the team reaching the last six of the showpiece tournament three times.
Jay-Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu are the most famous footballers that played for Nigeria. The Super Eagles played their first official match back in October 1949 while still a Brittish colony and it has to be noted that they were ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings in April 1994, which remains the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by a national team from Africa.
Speaking of the African Cup of Nations, Nigeria won the tournament on three occasions: 1980, 1994 and 2013, with the team finishing as runners-up in 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000.