Partey hands Black Stars Qatar World Cup party over Super Eagles

Pius Ayinor

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have lost the Qatar 2022 World Cup ticket to Ghana after an away goals rule secured victory in Abuja on Tuesday for the Black Stars. The match in Abuja ended 1-1 after the goalless draw played earlier in Kumasi on Thursday.

It was Thomas Partey’s strike that the Black Stars the spot and a return to the world stage after missing Russia 2018.

Partey hit a shot from outside the box and Francis Uzoho made an awful mess trying to stop it and boom that error gave Ghana the vital away goal that changed everything for the more rated Nigeria.

With the 60,000-capacity stadium filled to capacity, Nigeria almost replied instantly when hardworking Victor Osimhen shot wide from a narrow angle.

Soon after the Tunisian referee Sadok Selmi award a penalty to Nigeria occasion after Denis Odoi fouled Ademola Lookman in the area and the ref worked with VAR. William Troost-Ekong buried his penalty to give Nigerian fans renewed hope.

Nigerians thought Osimhen had completed the turnaround before the break until VAR once again intervened, but this time against Nigeria by calling his goal back for offside after the Napoli striker had rounded the goalkeeper.

And with the time ticking fast, in the second half, the Ghanaians defended well after coach Otto Addo’s decision to turn to five at the back in the second-half. They held on with this pattern to the fives added time elapsed.