Super Eagles Of Nigeria: With a 1:1 draw with West African opponent Ghana, Nigeria knock out of the World Cup for the eighth time. On Friday, March 25, Ghana’s Black Stars held the three-time African champions. To a 0-0 draw in Kumasi, advancing to Qatar thanks to an away goal in Abuja.
Ghana played a leading role in the tenth minute, due to Thomas Partey of Arsenal. Nigeria pulled level after a penalty awarded by the video assistance referee (VAR). In the 19th minute when Ademola Lookman guides down by Dennis Odoi. Captain William Troost-Ekong of the Super Eagles stepped up to tie the game at 1-1, sending the Ghanaian goalie the wrong way. Fans gathered at various viewing locations, waiting for a second goal that never materialized.
Nigeria pressed Ghana until a penalty award and they equalized 11 minutes after conceding. But, after that, the players reverted to their old habits and lowered their energy. As if they had forgotten about the away goal element, allowing Ghana to re-enter the game.
According to Adedeji Akande, a social media executive:
“The Nigerian Super Eagles have not been particularly outstanding with their play since the first leg of this encounter.”
“At some point in the first half, you’ll notice. They were attempting to catch up, but the results were still unsatisfactory.” He continued.
Super Eagles of Nigeria in Qatar 2022
The coach cannot be blamed when the squad performs so poorly and wilts in such a high-stakes circumstance. Augustine Eguavoen or Emmanuel Amuneke, for example. The team’s lack of competent coaching was obvious. Nigeria, with the exception of Osimhen, required a coaching master class to salvage them. But the man in charge appeared to be short on ideas. Instead, Eguavoen’s substitutions reeked of desperation and responding to the situation rather than carrying out a pre-planned strategy.
The crucial goal failed to materialize as the game progressed, resulting in the Black Stars qualifying on the away goal rule. For the second time, Nigeria has failed to qualify for the World Cup; the previous time was in 2006, when the Italian national team, known as the Azzurri, won the tournament in Germany. Football fans taken aback by the Super Eagles’ failure to secure a place in Qatar 2022.
Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia will represent Africa in Qatar. The West Africans will next playing in their fourth World Cup. And they’re first since 2014, while the Super Eagles will have to wait until 2026, when Canada, Mexico, and the United States will host the tournament.