WCQ: Ghana v Nigeria – The Great Jollof Derby!

Ghana v Nigeria: World Cup Qualifiers 2022

It’s no secret that Ghanaians and Nigerians are always in fierce competition with one another. The historic rivalry of severe trash talk, Jollof wars and music debates transcends sport. The rivalry is to be renewed this Friday in what is a heavyweight qualifier for a place at the 2022 World Cup.

Despite Ghana boasting a superior head-to-head record over Nigeria, the Black Stars are still underdogs going into the tie. Confidence is at an all-time low following the team’s worst ever AFCON outing, where they finished bottom of their group.

Ghana will be without the services of skipper Andre Ayew, whose sending off in Cameroon has ruled him out. Gaffer Otto Addo’s squad has four debutants and a group of forwards with 10 goals between them this season. However, the Black Stars have a few game changers too. Daniel Kofi Kyereh has been on fire in the Bundesliga 2, having reached double figures in both goals (11) and assists (11) for St. Pauli.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey, who will captain the team against Nigeria, has also been in tiptop form for Arsenal and is the Gunners’ reigning player of the month. Alexandre Djiku is another in-form player and his partnership with Leicester’s Daniel Amartey will be crucial to Ghana’s chances.

From an objective point of view, Nigeria are huge favourites for this tie. The Super Eagles are more stable and will be going into the game with a better squad.

However, what Nigeria have is continuity. Augustine Eguavoen remains the interim coach and his backroom staff has been bolstered even further. Strikers Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis are also back after missing the AFCON, while Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman has finally completed his nationality switch and is ready for action.


We expect a tough encounter between Ghana and Nigeria on Friday, 25th March 2022. The previous three meetings between these teams didn’t have many goals as only one encounter yielded a goal. The last two meetings ended 0-0. And given the current standings of these teams in the continent, it wouldn’t be another surprise to have a low scoreline on matchday.

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Ghana’s campaign in this year’s AFCON tournament was mangled with disorganization and lack of unity. The hosts haven’t won in their last four games and should be wary of Nigeria’s recent form. The visitors have won three of their last five matches, two of which were clean sheet wins. Comparing that to Ghana’s three losses and one draw, and no clean sheet within that duration is a good reason to back Super Eagles to win this clash.

Back the Super Eagles to win!

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History & Results

Ghana: 21 wins

Draws: 18

Nigeria: 10 wins

Match Details

Ghana vs Nigeria is scheduled for a 7:30 GMT+1 kick off on Friday March 25, 2022.

The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana will host the match.

Tags: Ghana, Nigeria, world cup qualifiers

Author: Roy Ferguson