The Super Eagles of Nigeria fail to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Passionate Nigerians gathered at the MKO Abiola national stadium in Abuja for the World cup qualifiers rematch between Nigeria and Ghana. They left the stadium in disarray after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The first leg of the match in the Ohene Djan sports stadium, Kumasi, ended in a goalless draw. Ghana qualifies for the world cup due to the away goal rule, even if the match ended in a draw.
Angered by the Super Eagles’ loss, fans went wild and stormed the field in an uproar. They went about destroying whatever structures in the stadium they could find. The Black Stars of Ghana had to cut short their celebration and leave the stadium for fear the angry fans might come after them.
Thomas Partey scored the away goal that secured the Black Stars’ ticket to the 2022 world cup in Qatar. He scored the goal about 10 minutes into the first half of the match.
The Super Eagles captain, William Troost-Ekong, later evened the score with a penalty kick after Denis Odoi made a foul play on Ademola Lookman.
However, the Captain’s goal was not enough to send the Eagles to Qatar. Although Victor Osimhen scored later, his goal was ruled offside after confirmation from the VAR.
The Super Eagles failed to add any more goals even with 5 minutes of extra time, thereby losing to Ghana’s away advantage.
Consequently, the Super Eagles fail to qualify for the World Cup.
Other African countries that qualified for the Qatar2022 world cup include Morocco, Senegal, and Cameroon.
Morocco beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 4:1 in their second leg after a 1-1 draw in the first.
Cameroon also qualifies due to the away goal rule after beating Algeria 2-1 in the first leg and losing 1-0 to them in the first.
Moreover, Senegal beat Egypt in penalties after a 1-1 aggregate score and have qualified for the world cup.
Tunisia also secured their spot after winning Mali by their own goal in the second leg.
It is the second time the Super Eagles will not be playing at the world cup. They have qualified for 6 out of 7 previous world cups.