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World Cup play-offs: Super Eagles will be ready for Black Stars, says Eguavoen

Nigeria head coach, Augustine Eguavoenm is optimistic that Nigeria will be ready to subdue Ghana at home and away when they battle for the 2022 World Cup ticket.

The two West African giants will meet in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, with Ghana scheduled to host Nigeria in the first-leg clash on March 25.

The second-leg encounter is set to be played in Nigeria on March 29 and the winner on aggregate will book their spot in the finals which will be hosted by Qatar later this year.

“There is no doubt in my mind. I am a Nigerian, a full-blooded Nigerian, and if you asked me such a question, I think, without missing words, we deserve a place at the World Cup,” Eguavoen said on Ghana Soccer Net.

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The former Nigeria international did indicate that it won’t be easy against the Black Stars, who have a new coach in Otto Addo.

“It’s going to be a very tough game and a tight one as well. We have a lot of mutual respect for one another, and when Ghana plays Nigeria and Nigeria plays Ghana, it’s always tough, it’s always tight,” he added.

“But you see, it’s going to boil down to us trying to go there (Ghana). We will play everything we can to try to win the game, in fact, both games.

“But with no disrespect, because Ghana is a very strong side, individually and collectively. We will just go and fight and try to win the game.”

The last competitive match between Ghana and Nigeria was in January 2010.

The Black Stars edged out the Super Eagles 1-0 in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal game in Angola.

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