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Black Stars qualify for 2022 World Cup

By Vincent Ashitey
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Black Stars of Ghana have booked a place at the 2022 World Cup despite a scoring draw against Nigeria on Tuesday

Ghana picked up one of the five African slots after edging Nigeria on away goal on a 1-1 aggregate. The first leg in Kumasi ended 0-0 while the second leg finished 1-1 in Abuja.
In a frantic game at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, it was the Black Stars who had a dream start as Thomas Partey scored in the 11th minute.

He unleashed a drive behind the box which the goalkeeper Francis Uzoho failed to deal with.

Victor Osimhen almost drew parity for his side but his shot went wide.

Nigeria were awarded a penalty following a VAR review for a foul on Ademola Lookman by Denis Odoi.

Troost Ekong made no mistake from the spot as he sent Joojo Wollacot the wrong way to level the scores on 22nd minute.

Minutes later Victor Osimhen beat Wollacot and put Nigeria in the lead for the first time however his celebration was cut short as referee Sadok Selmi indicated no goal after a VAR review showed the Napoli striker was offside.

Despite Nigeria dominating by way of possession 65% - 35% the first half ended 1-1.

Both teams failed to breach each other defense in the second half and the referee brought proceedings to an end after 90 minutes of regulation time.

The result means Ghana will be making their fourth appearance at the World Cup having missed out on the last edition in Russia in 2018.

The Black Stars played made it to the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.