The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has hinted that Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari could be in attendance when the nation play against Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers’ second leg playoff.
Nigeria and Ghana play over two legs with the aggregate winner of the games securing the ticket for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The first leg of the qualifiers is to take place at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday 25th by 19:30 GMT (20:30 Nigerian time).
While the return leg is scheduled to take place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday 29th by 5 pm Nigerian time.
Minister Dare while addressing the Super Eagles players and technical crew in a video shared by the NFF TV revealed that the number one citizen of the nation might be in attendance in Abuja.
“I was in Lagos yesterday (Tuesday) and the president (Muhammadu Buhari) ask me why was I not in Ghana and I realised that the president also knows that there is a Ghana match.
“He has not given me 100 percent assurance but he is likely going to show up here (second leg) on the 29th as a surprise.”
Dare gave a hint into the scouting reports on the dreaded Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and Ghanaian players.
“We know the antics of Ghana, I’ve gone to school because of the match in Ghana, and when I say I’ve gone to school, I’ve researched Ghana, I’ve researched Kumasi, I’ve researched the games they’ve won, I’ve researched some of their players, every single scouting report has come to me.”
Sunday Dare also addressed the players and the technical crew on what is expected of them.
“We are lucky on two counts, the stars we have on the pitch they are very good boys and we are also lucky with the crew because of the experience you people have collectively on and off the field. We are not going to play a draw in Ghana, these guys should just go out because there’s insurance for their legs now.
“So I wish you the best, all I can do is pray and support you I had to give you a good pitch here I’m glad they (players) liked it.
“Thank you sincerely for turning up for Nigeria. We have put Cameroon and the Cup of Nations behind us and the message after Cameroon is that if I could remember I said let us visit our anger on Ghana. We are not going to Ghana for a draw so you guys just do your thing it’s football.”