NFF President Amaju Pinnick fires warning at Ghana ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifiers play-offs

NFF President Amaju Pinnick fires warning at Ghana ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifiers play-offs

Lukman Mumuni
January 24, 2022 at 8:13 AM
  • President of Nigeria's Football Federation says they are leaving no stone unturned ahead of their World Cup qualifier play-offs against Ghana
  • The two countries renew their rivalry in March for a place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year
  • Both country's have been eliminated from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon

Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria's Football Federation, has sent a strong message to Ghanaians ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers play-offs in March.

The Black Stars and the Super Eagles will battle it out for one of the continent's tickets for the World Cup in Qatar this year.

Speaking to Ghanaian journalist, Juliet Barwuah, Pinnick is very confident Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup even though he believes it will be a tough game.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick at the AFrica Cup of Nations. SOURCE: Twitter/ @OfficialpageA2z
NFF President Amaju Pinnick fires warning at Ghana ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifiers play-offs. SOURCE: Twitter/ @OfficialpageA2z
Source: Twitter
"It's going to be a tough game, extremely tough game," he started. "You know Ghana was humiliated out of the Nations Cup, kind off.
"So they are going to throw everything in the ring, in ensuring they compensate Ghanaians, their government, their sponsors and their supporters. So they will do everything.
"But the good news from us is, whatever they are going to do, we are going to do double. For example if they are going to walk on the treadmill for ten minutes, we will do twenty minutes.
"We are not going to rest, Ghana is a very beautiful team. In life, you have your good day and your bad day. AFCON might be a bad day for them but we are not going to underestimate them, they won the AFCON four times.
"We are staying focus, we will pray and do everything to qualify because in Nigeria, qualifying is our birth right."

Ghana were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations at the Group stages while Nigeria got kicked out at the round of 16.

Nigeria draw Ghana in World Cup play-offs

Earlier, reported that, Nigeria has been drawn to face arch-rivals Ghana for a spot at the 2022 World Cup holding in Qatar as the draws were conducted on Saturday, January 22 in Douala, Cameroon.

The Super Eagles will be bidding to qualify for a sixth world cup appearance having previously represented Africa at the biggest football showpiece in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 with only 2006 the last time Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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