Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha says Nigeria do not deserve to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup if they can’t beat Ghana at home in Abuja on Tuesday evening.
According to him, the Super Eagles will have no excuse if they fail to get the better of the Black Stars and pick a ticket to Qatar.
Ghana and Nigeria played out an entertaining goalless draw in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup qualifying playoffs at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
Both sides were evenly matched in 90 minutes, leaving all to play for in the second leg at the Mashood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
“If we cannot win our match at home, then we don’t deserve to be at the 2022 World Cup,” Okocha said, as quoted by Footballghana.
“We must win to qualify and we will be playing in front of our fans. What other advantage do we need?”
Meanwhile, Okocka recently disclosed that the first thing that comes to his mind when he thinks about Ghana football is “underachievers.”
Speaking to Joy Sports, Okocha said Ghana should be able to achieve more with the talents that the country has produced.
Explaining further, the former Bolton Wanderers star suggested that the problem of the Black Stars could be down to ego.
Asked what comes to his mind when he thinks about Ghanaian football, Okocha said: “Underachievers. Because I know Ghanaians are so talented; they always produce great players but they always have this issue coming together as a team.
“I don’t know if it’s an ego problem or whatever but these players always fight each other and that’s why I say they are underachievers, because from what we see from outside, it’s like they never have a good team spirit in the team.”
Ghana and Nigeria will come face-to-face again on Tuesday, March 29, for the right to earn a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH