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Ghana defeated Nigeria without 10 key players – Addo


Ghana coach Otto Addo says he edged Nigeria in the race for a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar without 10 key players during the playoffs in March, The PUNCH reports.

Addo, who believes the Black Stars can make a big impact in Qatar, told FIFA.com that his team adapted well to the different ways Nigeria played during the tie.

The Super Eagles were eliminated on the away-goal rule following a 1-1 draw in the second leg in Abuja, after the first leg ended goalless in Kumasi.

“The nerve-wracking play-off matches against Nigeria, we had some bad luck initially because we had a lot of injured players before the first game,” Addo said.

“I think I had to make do without eight players that I wanted to select. On top of that, two others were suspended. So, there were a lot of absentees, but that opened the door for new players, for debutants.

“There were a lot of question marks before the game against Nigeria but the boys adapted well to the different ways Nigeria play. We did well given the circumstances, with all the injuries, the new players and a new coaching team. There were mixed feelings at the end. It was only two days later that the penny dropped that we’d qualified for the World Cup. And it was a fantastic feeling.”

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