Ghana boss: We can beat Nigeria

African Football

Ghana interim boss Otto Addo has sent a warning to Nigeria ahead of their crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off clash this week.

The Black Stars are looking to qualify for their first appearance at the prestigious competition since 2014, but the Super Eagles stand in their way ahead of a two-legged qualification play-off.    

Scroll through the gallery above to see five stars who missed out on Ghana's squad for their clash against Nigeria for various reasons

The winner of this tie will get one of Africa's five allocated slots at the showpiece in Qatar later this year.  

The teams who prove victorious in the play-offs will also earn a tidy sum of $12 million (R179 million) – a $2 million (R30 million) preparation fee and $10 million (R149 million) for gaining participation to the World Cup – From FIFA for their feat, according to Pulse Ghana. 

During a pre-match press conference on Monday, Addo insisted his Black Stars have the quality to beat the Super Eagles to that World Cup spot.  

"We are only a few days away from playing our crucial match against rivals Nigeria," the 46-year-old said, per Ghana Guardian.  

"We all expect Ghana to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but that won't be easy as we need to do our best to make it to this tournament.  

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"The players, the technical team and the Ghana Football Association are committed to this task, we want to make ourselves and nation proud by qualifying for the tournament.

"Matches between Ghana and Nigeria are always difficult but we believe in our players, our strategies and the unflinching support of all Ghanaians as we go into these two matches.  

"We are Ghana and we have what it takes to come out victorious."

The first leg of the decisive qualifying tie will be played on Friday, 25 March, before the two African giants meet again on 29 March. 

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