His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has congratulated the Black Stars upon their victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria yesterday.
The President just before delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament today, took the opportunity to acknowledge the performance of the team in Nigeria.
“I hope you will forgive me if I begin by asking Members of the House to join me to salute the management, technical and playing teams of the Black Stars, who, against the odds, beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Abuja yesterday. Their qualification for the World Cup in Qatar has brought so much joy to Ghanaians, and we are looking forward to an outstanding performance in Qatar”. He said.
The Black Stars of Ghana advanced to the World Cup finals in Qatar in November with a hard-earned 1-1 road draw against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, as they qualify through the away goal rule after a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
The Black Stars took the lead early on after Arsenal’s Thomas Partey fired in a strike from the edge of the box which went through goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in the Nigerian goal. The goalkeeper error gave the away side the lead early on.
Nigeria then took control of the game and equalized after Ademola Lookman was brought down in the Ghana box by Dennis Odoi. The decision went to VAR and William Troost-Ekong made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Nigeria thought they’d taken the lead in the 34th minute but were aggrieved when VAR ruled out Victor Osimhen’s strike for offside.
Nigeria dominated the second half with 60 percent possession and managed nine shots, but only one managed to bring Ghana goalkeeper Joe Wollacott into action.
The Stars held on for five minutes of added time as they advanced to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2014.
The Black Stars arrived back home in Ghana last night