Ghana's Olympic team, the Black Meteors, left Accra last Thursday with a mission to secure a crucial double over their Nigerian counterparts in an Olympic qualifying duel at the Abuja National Stadium on Sunday.
Ghana's contingent which is loaded with some of the best talents in the country looks imposing enough to deal with the threat from a Nigerian side seething with an urge for revenge since their pride was wounded by the Ghanaians who beat them 2-1 a couple of months ago to secure the ticket for the All Africa Games.
The Meteors squad is led by Black Stars leading striker Asamoah Gyan and some seasoned foreign-based players like multi-talented midfielder Anthony Annan, enterprising Michael Helegbe, Yaw Kumordjie and Haminu Draman.
Their blend with locals Alfred Arthur, Kojo Asamoah and Isaac Vorsah has given Coach Jones Attuquayefio the options to dare the Nigerians before their partisan crowd.
Indeed the Nigerians, affectionaly referred to as the Dream Team, have had a chaotic build-up to this game and their Coach, Samson Sasia, had spent almost the entire time feuding with the authorities over his contract with the Nigerian Football Association.
He might have even inspired the hopes of the Ghanaian team and their handlers when two weeks before Sunday's encounter he denounced his team's preparations and declared that the Flying Eagles were not ready for the crunch date with Ghana.
Since their reconstitution, the Meteors' best moment has been in Abuja when they silenced the Nigerians 2-1 before their home crowd to qualify and appear well set to maintain their hold over the Nigerians despite the inclusion of the likes of Chelsea star Mikel Obi to lead the Flying Eagles
Story by Andy Quao