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2022 WC playoffs: We were confident of beating Nigeria - Ghana defender Dennis Odoi

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Football News 2022 WC playoffs: We were confident of beating Nigeria - Ghana defender Dennis Odoi
JUL 2, 2022 LISTEN

Ghana defender, Dennis Odoi has said the Black Stars had a better team than Nigeria during the 2022 World Cup playoff.

The four-time African champions booked a place in the Mundial at the expense of Nigeria in a two-legged playoff.

The Super Eagles were touted as favorites before the games.

However, a weakened Ghana team ended up qualifying for the World Cup ahead of a star-studded Nigerian team.

“They told me [about the rivalry],” Odoi says. “But I think you need to live here to know how real the rivalry is. I knew it was two West African countries that are very close to one another. This big rivalry is about Jollof [rice] as well," Odoi told New Frame.

“We were fighting for the World Cup. Obviously, it’s sweet that you win against Nigeria, but no matter which country it was, we needed to win those two games.

“If you look at the Nigeria squad, they had bigger names. But names are not everything. You can have big names, but you need to be a good team, a good squad. And you need to be a cohesive group. I think that, over the two games, we showed them that we as a team were good, and we fight for each other," he added.

Ghana will open their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up their group stage adventure with their much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

The Black Stars having missed out in the last edition hosted in Russia in 2018 will be hoping to improve their performance in Qatar after exiting at the group phase during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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