Former Hearts of Oak goalkeeper, Mutawakilu Seidu has urged Ghana to capitalize on Nigeria’s poor home record and beat them in the reverse fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Black Stars and the Super Eagles sold out a goalless draw at a fully packed 45,000 seater Baba Yara Stadium on Friday evening.
The return leg is billed for the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday, March 29 with the winner of both legs qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Mutawakilu, who plays for Enugu Rangers International, believes Ghana can rely on Super Eagles’ poor home run in the lead up the final playoffs to pull a surprise in Abuja.
“It is going to be an interesting game, by paper Nigeria has the chance and have the quality.
“Most of the players are playing in the top leagues, they have name in Africa unlike Ghana.
“But with a very good approach of the game and very good preparation and the right crop of players for the game and a positive mindset.
“Football is about the positive and the belief in yourself and Ghana can overpower Nigeria away.
“And Nigeria their home matches, they find it very difficult, Sierra Leone came and drew 4-4 here [in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers], Cape Verde came here and drew with Nigeria [in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers].
“The AFCON qualifiers and the World Cup qualifiers, they drew and lost games at home.
“So if Ghana takes advantage of their bad home record, it will be difficult for Nigeria to beat Ghana in Abuja.” Seidu Mutawakilu told Africa-foot.com.
Nigeria under former German coach, Gernot Rohr recorded unimpressive home results in both the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Sierra Leone pulled a shocker when they held them to a 4-4 draw in their second 2021 AFCON home game qualifiers.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was no better for the Super Eagles who gathered just four home points from six games.
They beat Liberia 2-0 before suffering a 1-0 loss to 130th ranked Central Africa Republic and a further 1-1 draw at home to Cape Verde.