With barely 24 hours to the game against the Super Eagles, our reporters went to the various principal streets to see how things were going
There euphoria surrounding the 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs between Ghana and Nigeria keep building up but not at a faster rate.
Ahead of the game, many Ghanaians are still not sure of what they will do to be at the stadium despite Ghana government issuing a short code (*711#) to be used to purchase tickets.
Moreover, the hype around the game is not intensed as compared to that of 2013, where the Black Stars hammered Egypt 6-1 at the same stage.
On Thursday, our reporters went to the principal streets in Kumasi, and most especially around the stadium to check the scenes but got a little disappointed.
No flags were seen being displayed to entice supporters and arouse their interest in the game ahead of the game.
Many are of the belief that the Black Stars may struggle to defeat Nigeria since the team is not in fine form. The Black Stars are yet to win any of their last four games as they exited the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations without a win after three games.
Also, Ghana’s preparations ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs against Nigeria seems to have been dealt a big blow following reports in the local media that FC Sheriff Tiraspol midfielder Edmund Addo has been ruled out of the game due to injury concerns.
The 21-year-old, who was expected to be named among the 18-man squad for the game on Friday as a backup to Real Mallorca midfielder Baba Iddrisu, underwent further assessment by the Black Stars medical team since he arrived in camp nursing an injury.
According to sources close to the team, Addo came from Moldovia with the injury in his club’s 3-0 win over Sfintul Gheorghe last weekend and although the medical team initially thought he would recover on time, the situation seems to be worsening.
Addo went through further checks in Kumasi as a MRI scan was needed and the report suggested that he is not fit for the double header.
Although, there are still 26 players currently available in camp, rumour suggest a local player maybe called to fill the void when technical advisor Chris Hughton and interim coach Otto Addo meet on Thursday morning.