Former Ghanaian International Raises Alarm Ahead of World Cup Play Off With Super Eagles of Nigeria

Former Ghanaian International Raises Alarm Ahead of World Cup Play Off With Super Eagles of Nigeria

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Nigeria vs Ghana World cup playoff continues to gather momentum as ex-Black Star Mohammed Polo seems worried
  • Ghana performed poorly at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon having crashed out from the group stage
  • Former player Mohammed Polo has stated that the Black Stars lack quality going into the playoffs against Nigeria

Former Ghanaian international Mohammed Polo has disclosed that only a miracle can see the Black Stars qualify for the 2022 World Cup at the expense of Nigeria, Daily Post reports.

Nigeria and Ghana will go head-to-head for a World Cup spot and there are talks ahead of the double-legged fixture.

Ghana failed to progress past the group stage at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament, while Nigeria failed to reach the quarter-final having lost to eventual runners-up Egypt.

Mohammed Polo
Nigeria vs Ghana giving Mohamed Polo concerns over quality of Black Stars. Photo: Daily Post Nigeria
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And the stage is set for March as the arch rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana will be rekindled, but only one of the teams will qualify for the tournament in Qatar.

Polo told Free FM as per Complete Sports:

“What is happening will not help us. Even if we are able to qualify for the World Cup, it will not help us because this is not the quality.
“To be frank, football goes beyond logic. But you need a coach who can put certain things together so that if he is able to win then he can take us to the World Cup.
“But to be frank, the quality of our football today, if we are able to go past Nigeria and go to the World Cup, we shall thank God. But the World Cup is also a different thing.”

Paintsil wants Kwesi Appiah as Black Stars’ coach

Sports Brief earlier reported that a member of Ghana's 2010 World Cup team, John Painstil, has suggested that the Ghana Football Association appoints Kwesi Appiah as coach of the Black Stars for the game against Nigeria.

And John Painstil feels the clock is ticking as the GFA continues its search for a new coach, while Kwesi Appiah is available for the role.

Kwesi Appiah led the Black Stars to the World Cup in 2014, after famously trouncing Egypt 6-1 in Kumasi in the play-offs of the qualifiers.

CAF approves Moshood Abiola stadium for Nigeria

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football has given the go-ahead for the newly renovated Moshood Abiola stadium to host Nigeria’s crucial World Cup playoffs against Ghana, reports The Guardian.

CAF officials had inspected the pitch a few weeks ago and have now given their approval of the Abuja stadium to host the crucial clash.

The African football body also stressed that the stadium must be well-managed according to the requirements of CAF.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.