After booking a World Cup ticket last night, Black Stars contingent have met President of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo at the presidency today. The contingent is made up of players and technical members who of the team. In the pictures, interim head coach Otto Addo is seen sitting in the front row, same as technical Advisor Chris Hughton. Captain Thomas Partey is also pictured on the same line with some of his colleagues. Other members of the team are seated behind as they have been arranged in an orderly form. They are neatly dressed in a shirt with a message of “Qatar where we come.”
Various reports in the local media have indicated that the contingent may be rewarded by the President of Ghana. President Nana Addo and the Black Stars contingent will interact and look for the way forward.
Black Stars of Ghana touched down deep into the night following their heroic displays in Abuja.
Black Stars of Ghana qualified at the expense of the Super Green Eagles of Nigeria. This was made possible through the away goal rule. Ghana drew goalless with Nigeria in the first leg at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The return leg ensued in Abuja, Nigeria, where Black Stars fought for a 1 - 1 draw. Deputy skipper Thomas Partey fired Ghana into the lead in the 10th minutes, following short corner kick. The Arsenal workaholic midfielder was set up just in front of the goal post and brilliant followed it up with a carpet shot, eluding the hands of goalkeeper Francis Udoho into the net.
Nigeria did not relent as they pushed for the equalizer which came in the 20th minutes through a penalty. This was after the referee had gone through a VAR review and eventually awarded a penalty to Ademola Lookman, which was expertly converted by skipper Troost Ekon. Few chances were carved by both sides but it could not make any impact as the first half ended a goal apiece. The second half started on a good note for Nigeria and Nigeria but they kept lavishing those moments and ended the entire proceedings with 1 - 1 scores.
Per the interpretation of the rules, Ghana had an advantage over their West African neighbors as a result of the away goal rule. Scoring a goal in Abuja means Ghana has an away goal to advance to the global football competition which takes place later this year in Qatar.
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