Africa Soccer Augustine Eguavoen : This is why Nigeria lost to Ghana in World Cup playoff

Augustine Eguavoen

Super Eagles head coach Augustine Eguavoen has revealed the reason behind Nigeria’s failure to secure 2022 World Cup ticket against Ghana.

Nigeria and Ghana played out a goalless draw in Kumasi during the first leg before the 1-1 draw in the reverse leg in Abuja.

Speaking on the elimination of Nigeria, Eguavoen said his men lacked character against the Black Stars.

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“We lacked the character, zeal to beat Ghana when it mattered most,” he told SuperSports TV.

“The Ghanaians showed they wanted it more than our boys and that was why it ended that way. We did not do any of that. We didn’t fight or push enough for the winner and how do you do that? It’s with fast-paced football, creating chances but that did not happen.

“In Kumasi, the Ghanaians were better but in Abuja, the Eagles were the better side but could not win.

“The games between Ghana and Nigeria are always very difficult. If we had lost in Kumasi or in Abuja, I would have regarded myself as a failure but we lost on away goal. We did not lose the game but we lost the ticket to qualify for the World Cup.”

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