Black Stars will beat Nigeria from the bench, says analyst

Felix Romark believes the lack of knowledge about the style of play by Ghana's new technical team will help in defeating Nigeria

Felix Romark, a sports analyst believes the Black Stars will pull a surprise in today’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria because the Super Eagles have little tactical knowledge about the Black Stars’ technical team.

Talking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (25 March) ahead of the encounter in Kumasi, Romark said although Nigeria is coming into the game as favourites Ghana has a lot to their advantage.

“One thing too that I feel might work out for Ghanaians is that Nigerians are playing against a technical team of Ghana that they have no idea about.

“Because you look at Otto Addo, he has never coached any team from a dugout, not as an assistant, not as a main coach, not at club level or even national team level or even a national team level, he has no experience when it comes to coaching,” he said.

Romark added: “And then again you talk about Chris Hughton, apart from he being with Newcastle United,  Brighton and Hove Albion in UK, it’s been a long time he went into footballing, so when you are facing an opponent you want to have a tactical idea about how they set up their team.”

“But this is an Otto Addo that has never coached before so you might not have tapes about how he sets up his team, when you are playing an opponent, you could go for clips and watch but there is nothing like that.”

CAF approves 40,000 spectators for Ghana – Nigeria clash

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved Ghana’s request to admit 40,000 spectators for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off first leg match against Nigeria at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

This comes after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) request to play the game in full capacity stadium following the laid-down rules by CAF.

“The GFA consequently advise all Ghanaians to obey all laid-down safety and security measures strictly to first and foremost have a successful match and also to avoid any sanctions from CAF and FIFA,” a statement from the FA said.

It added: “Meanwhile, fans are advised to strictly adhere to the designated spectator and stakeholders entry points and gates for verification of their tickets.”

Fred Dzakpata

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