2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria v Ghana clash is more than football – Osimhen
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen believes the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana is more than just a game of football.
After a goalless draw in Kumasi on Friday, the two teams will face off at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Tuesday with a World Cup ticket on the line.
Osimhen struggled to break through the Black Stars defense at Baba Yara Sports Stadium despite playing for the entire 90 minutes, however, he confirmed the Super Eagles’ desire to make the Nigerians happy in Abuja.
The West African football rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana began over 70 years ago, with 57 games between the two countries – the Black Stars (25 wins) and the Super Eagles (12 wins).
“Ghana are a great team and we will never underestimate the team like we did, we saw the upset Central African Republic gave us,” Osimhen told Caf website.
“For me, I would do my best, but it’s not just about me, we have inspiring players in the team like Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Kenneth Omeruo and other great players. With the help from their experience, we will be able to realize this dream.
“We know how important the game is to us, our families, our careers and the whole nation. This game is more than football and we will do our best and also try to make sure we have the upper hand.”
Osimhen is targeting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after missing the last edition in Russia through injury.
The 23-year-old is the country’s top scorer in the qualifiers with four goals so far in seven games.
“At the last 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, I was in the hospital, supporting the Super Eagles,” he added.
“I’ve always been a Super Eagles fan, having the opportunity to be here we have one more hurdle. I can’t wait to play and get the World Cup ticket.
“Being called to represent is a dream come true. I will always take the opportunity to represent the Super Eagles if I am fit and very well.