Ghana’s Black Stars’B’ and the Super Green Eagles of Nigeria will renew their rivalry when they meet in their final 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Group A match, set for Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday at 18:00 GMT.
The host nation, Ghana have already secured a qualification for the semi finals after beating Guinea and Mali, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively in their first two games.
Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game against Nigeria, the Black Stars are at the next stage and as a result Coach Maxwell Konadu can afford to rest some of his keys players and then give way to the substitutes who are yet to have a feel of the tournament.
The Super Eagles have not been able to win any of their first two games though they are yet to loose, they have two points from the matches played so far but would need a win at all cost in order to remain in the competition. If any of Mali or Guinea wins tonight and Nigeria also win, that would also be enough to carry them through but any result other than would see them heading back to Abuja.
Nigeria can advance if they draw with Ghana, but only if the other group match between Guinea and Mali (which will be played concurrently at Nduom Stadium) also ends in a stalemate.
Salisu Yusuf, Coach of the Nigerian side has insisted that he is more concerned about building a very good team for the African Nations Championship other than winning the WAFU Cup.
“It’s football we are playing and we have our own target with the WAFU,” said the Nigeria coach.
“Like I told you earlier, we want to use the WAFU to prepare the CHAN team. It’s football and it didn’t finish well against Guinea. We have a game to play so anything can happen.”
Ghana and Nigeria have met in 49 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Black Stars have claimed 19 wins – compared to 11 for the Super Eagles – and outscored their opponents 72 goals to 44 in the process.
Ghana v Nigeria, head-to-head
Matches played 49
Ghana wins 19
Nigeria wins 11
Ghana goals 72
Nigeria goals 44