World Cup Play-Offs: Nigeria Warned By Ex-Goalkeeper Chief Ike Shorunmu Not To Judge Ghana By AFCON Form
Chief Ike Shorunmu has warned Nigeria not to judge Ghana by their 2021 African cup of nations in Cameroon performance, as the Super Eagles have been drawn against the Black Stars in the World cup play-offs.
Many Nigerians were happy after the draw as they see the Black Stars as underdogs after their AFCON abysmal performance.
However, the former Nigerian goalkeeper has warned the Super Eagles not to judge Ghana by their AFCON performance.
“Forget their performances in the AFCON; the past is the past because they have sacked their coach and engaged another one,” Shorunmu said after Saturday’s draw.
“Remember, we also sacked our coach and engaged another one and the team is playing better. They are going to rebrand and come against us.
“Also, you know we have this rivalry with them and all these should be considered. Ghana will be tough to beat, though I know we can beat them, just like they can also beat us.
“So, let us not try to judge them base on the way they played at the AFCON; they are entirely two different situations,” the former Grasshoppers FC of Switzerland noted.
Ghana exited from the ongoing AFCON in the group stages with just a point after three games.
Nigerian on the other hand won all their group games and top the group with 9 points, but eliminated at the round of 16 by Tunisia who qualified from the group stage with only 3 points among the best selected 3rd teams.
Ghana will face rivals Nigeria in the 2021 FIFA World Cup play-off in March.
The 2nd plot teams will play home first, as the Black Stars will be hosting the Super Eagles first in Ghana before the second leg in Nigeria.
The World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Asian powerhouse Qatar, starting on Sunday, October 16, and ends on Sunday, November 13.