After setting up a top class coaching crew, it’s obvious that Ghana Football Association GFA is not treating the nation’s FIFA World Cup Playoff against Nigeria with kids’ gloves.
Leading the coaching set up is the former Brighton manager Chris Houghton who has arrived the West African nation to begin his role as the technical advisor to Ghana’s Black Stars ahead of the playoff with Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Both nations will clash on 25 March 2022 in Kumasi and 29 March 2022 in Abuja to determine who qualifies for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
To make the Qatari dream a reality, the GFA, out of frustration from the country’s first round elimination in the last AFCON in Cameroon, handed the reins of the team to Houghton who will be assisted by former players – Otto Addo, George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani.
Addo is with German giants Borussia Dortmund’s technical set up, Boateng is cutting his teeth in the coaching profession with English side Aston Villa while Dramami is based in Danemark with Nordsjaelland.
All the crew members are expected to arrive Ghana this weekend in readiness for the first leg of the World Cup Playoff against Nigeria on Friday 25 March 2022 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
The Black Stars together with the technical team will depart Accra for Kumasi on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to begin preparation for the crucial games.
The winner of the tie will represent the continent at the Mundial in Qatar scheduled to take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
The Super Eagles are seeking to qualify for their 7th World Cup and, since 1994, having missed only one of the last seven editions.
Nigeria were present at the 2018 World Cup in Russia while Ghana’s last appearance at the global showpiece was in 2014 in Brazil after previously participating in the 2006 and 2010 editions respectively.