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World Cup Playoffs: Nigeria’s Eagles battle Ghana’s Black Stars

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Nigeria’s Super Eagles has been paired to battle the Black Stars of Ghana in a Playoff to book a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This was the outcome of the just concluded draws in Cameroon, venue of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

Ghana will have home advantage first and both legs will be played between March 21 and 29 with the aggregate winners securing a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While Egypt face Senegal, Cameroon meet Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo play Morocco and Mali tackle Tunisia in the other ties.

Only Mali among the 10 contenders have never qualified for the world football showpiece while Cameroon hold the record for appearances by an African team with seven between 1982 and 2014.

Nigeria brushed off a troubled build-up to the Cup of Nations, including the sacking of German coach Gernot Rohr, to be the only team among the 24 in Cameroon to win all three group  matches.

As the Super Eagles look forward to a last-16 clash with Tunisia on Sunday, Ghana shocked first-round casualties, finishing bottom of a group after a stunning 3-2 loss to minnows the Comoros.

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