The senior national football team of Ghana on Tuesday night drew one all with their Nigerian counterparts in Abuja to qualify as one of Africa’s 5 representatives for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
A Thomas Partey goal set the stage for a number of incursions into the Nigerian half and working hard to contain the pressure from the Super Eagles.
Coming from a goalless encounter at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on Friday, the Ghanaian side went into the second leg, obviously primed to avoid defeat in today’s game.
An 11th minute strike by captain Thomas Partey gave the Black Stars the lead. Partey’s goal sent the stadium quiet, shortly after which the Nigerians equalized when Victor Osimhen’s effort flew just past Joseph Wollacott’s post.
Denis Odoi’s tackle in the box on Ademola Lookman around the 22nd minute was deemed legal by the referee, but after being asked to review the incident footage, the official awarded a penalty to Nigeria.
William Troost-Ekong, the defender, stepped up and sent Wollacott the wrong way, tying the game on aggregate.
Otto Addo’s solid defensive strategy in the second half was supported by timely
substitutions to bring on Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Andy Yiadom and Elisha Owusu gave the secured the ticket to the Black Stars.
This means the Stars go through to their fourth World Cup in five attempts having missed out on Russia 2018.