Ghana leads Nigeria by two points ahead of Wednesday’s game and will qualify for the Olympic Games if South Africa avoids defeat in Abuja.
Attuquayefio admits the Nigerians are very strong at home, but he still intends to will South Africa on from Accra.
_quote “The passion of the Nigerian crowd, the atmosphere they create and the manner they will their team on, makes it very difficult to get results there. But the two teams drew in the corresponding fixture, so I am hoping for a similar result. It is weird that we should be relying on a result from Abuja to be able to go through, but that is the nature of football,” Attuquayefio told KickOffGhana.com.
Ghana seemed to be in control for much of the qualifiers after back-to-back victories over South Africa but failure to beat Nigeria in Abuja and Accra has left Attuqyuyefio’s side on the brink of elimination.
“We had every chance to turn Wednesday’s game in Abuja into just another game. We could have wrapped it up and then blew the chance in a manner that we can only blame ourselves for. But I hope the South Africans will get the result that will take us through.”
Ghana has had a patchy record at the Olympic since it became an age group competition in 1992.
The Black Meteors won bronze in Barcelona, the first medal by an African team but have failed to go anywhere near that since with Nigeria and Cameroon boasting a goal medal each from the 1996 and 2000 editions.