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I suspect Ghana used 'juju' to secure 2022 World Cup qualification - Nigeria defender Leon Balogun

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Football News I suspect Ghana used 'juju' to secure 2022 World Cup qualification - Nigeria defender Leon Balogun
DEC 9, 2022 LISTEN

Nigeria centre-back, Leon Balogun believes juju may have been involved in Ghana's qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The four-time African champions edged the Super Eagles via the away goal rule to qualify for the global showpiece for the fourth time.

Thomas Partey's strike in Abuja ensured Ghana qualified ahead of Nigeria for the tournament in Qatar.

Ghana were held to a 0-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium before recording a 1-1 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium.

Nine months after the playoffs, Balogun revealed that Ghana's last-minute decision to change venues could be based on black magic.

"It is funny because that season, the away goals rule had been scrapped everywhere. I don’t know why they didn’t do it in Africa…I have no clue. Until this day, I don’t understand," Balogun told The Beautiful Game.

"We did go to Ghana to play the first leg and it was a tough game. You know there was this whole fuss about them changing the stadium at the last minute on Tuesday when they have never lost and they say whether Juju may or may not have been involved also or whatever.

"It was tough for us. I can't lie.....It was really tough and we ended up playing [0-0]."

Ghana has been eliminated from the World Cup in Qatar after winning just a game in three matches and finished at the bottom of Group H.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports Journalist

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