Ghana vs Nigeria prediction will be looked at in this article as both teams meet in the first leg of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier.
The black stars of Ghana are set to take on Nigeria in the first leg of their FIFA 2022 World Cup final qualifying round.
It’s set to be an epic battle between the two African nation and we’ve highlighted the match preview, team news, prediction and details fans needs to know.
Ghana vs Nigeria Match Preview
As earlier stated Ghana vs Nigeria has become one of the most heated rivalries in African football and that is set to continue on Friday.
After failing to impress at the last Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, Ghana are set to start a new era in their football.
The black stars were criticised for their performance in Cameroon where they were eliminated in the group stage.
This led to the sacking of Milovan Rajevac and Otto Addo was appointed as the interim Black Stars coach for the crucial two-legged tie.
Otto Oddoh is being supported by former Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion manager, Chris Hughton, who is acting as the new technical advisor to the new technical team.
On the other sides the Super Eagles of Nigeria were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the round of 16 by Tunisia despite their good start to the tournament.
Austin Eguavoen was retained despite the disappointment and the only addition to the coaching crew is the appointment of Emmanuel Amuneke.
The last meeting between both sides was in 2017 when Ghana defeated the Super Eagles 4 – 1 in a friendly match.
Ghana and Nigeria have a good record against themselves as both sides have won two matches each and played one draw in their last five matches.
Ghana vs Nigeria Team News
Ghana’s new coaching crew released their team list late with a notable absentee on the list being Captain Andre Ayew who is serving a suspension from this year’s AFCON.
He got red carded in the last group game where they lost to debutants Comoros.
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His brother and Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew is also part of the squad even as he has now tested positive for Covid-19.
Roma young forward, Felix Afena Gyan was also among the listed players as he hope to make his debut for the black stars.
Austin Eguavoen listed the similar side he took to Cameroon for Nigeria but the likes of Wilfred Ndidi will not be playing due to injury.
The Leicester City midfielder was initially on the list and he has now been replaced.
Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has also been ruled out of the World Cup play-offs with the Black Stars of Ghana over illness.
He was replaced by Enyimba International’s John Noble. However, Leicester City forward, Ademola Lookman will be making his first appearance as a Nigerian player.
Predicted Nigeria First Eleven
Francis Uzoho, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi, Abdullahi Shehu; Aribo, Etebo, Onyeka; Osimhen, Iheanacho, Moses Simon
Predicted Ghana First Eleven
Jojo Wollacott; Denis Odoi, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Aidoo, Abdul Munin; Muhammed Kudus, Thomas Partey, Iddrissu Baba, Elisha Owusu; Felix Afena Gyan, Jordan Ayew,
Ghana vs Nigeria prediction
The first leg of the tie will not be easy for both sides. However, Ghana will be relying on their new technical crew and the fans to cheer them to victory.
Ghana vs Nigeria might likely end in a 2-1 victory for Nigeria who will be too much for the black stars to handle.