Ghana FA technical director Bernhard Lippert confident Black Stars can beat Nigeria in Abuja and qualify for the World Cup

Published on: 27 March 2022

Ghana Football Association technical director Bernhard Lippert is confident the Black Stars can beat Nigeria at their own backyard to qualify for the World Cup.

The Black Stars who were slightly ahead of the Super Eagles were held to a 0-0 draw at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday night.

Ghana dominated possession, recorded the most shots and kept Super Eagles’ star-studded attack at bay in front of a large crowd in Kumasi.

In an interview with Kumasi-based Akoma FM monitored by, Bernhard Lippert described the teams performance against Nigeria as one of the best in recent times.

According to him, the Black Stars can qualify at the expense of Nigeria if the team show the same passion in Abuja on Tuesday.

“I saw a positive game from the team, it was one of the best games in the last year”

“There's a lot of passion, finally, we couldn't score but it gives us a lot of hope that we can beat Nigeria on Tuesday”

“We knew before that it was a 50-50 playoff match, so we have chances like them, the venue does not mean anything, we are almost at the same level”

“I think if we show the same passion as today, why not, I'm very confident that we can qualify” he said.

Nigeria arrived back in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday morning after Friday's game and have started preparing for the second leg in Abuja.

With the 0-0 draw in the first leg, a win would be enough to secure Nigeria's place at World Cup finals.

Meanwhile, Ghana need a scoring draw or a win to eliminate their West African rivals and reach Qatar.

Black Stars are expected to travel to Abuja on Monday ahead of Tuesday's crunch match.

The game will take place at the 60,000 capacity Moshood Abiola National Stadium.