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Partey: ‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over In Nigeria ‘

Partey: ‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over In Nigeria ‘

Thomas Partey has insisted that Ghana’s dream to take part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is not over yet despite the goalless draw which the Black Stars played in Kumasi against Nigeria on Friday night.

The Black Stars failed to take a first-leg advantage at home against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium as they were held to a goalless draw.


Ghana could have actually lost it in front of their home fans had VAR not overturned the penalty it initially awarded to Nigeria, but Partey says the Black Stars will now look to earn a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when they confront the Super Eagles at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on Tuesday.

“We know we should have won this game against Nigeria but a draw is not bad. However, I know that our fans are disappointed in us as we had promised them victory,” the Arsenal midfielder told reporters.

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“Nevertheless, it isn’t over until it is over and we promise all Ghanaians that we will go for victory in Abuja come Tuesday,” Partey who played the role of captain in the absence of the suspended Andre Ayew concluded.

Meanwhile, Partey had on Thursday during the pre-match press conference stated that he and his Black Stars teammates were eager to redeem their image against Nigeria as they also owe Ghanaians the 2022 World Cup ticket.

At the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, it was minnows, Comoros that sent the Black Stars out of the tournament in the group stage, exposing the Ghanaians’ poor form.

In head-to-head meetings between the two rivals, the Black Stars still enjoy the superiority having so far won 25, drawn 20 and lost 12 in 57 clashes.

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin in Kumasi

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  • That was exactly what you said last time, you want to come to Abuja and defeat the almighty super eagles, no problem I dey watch you with one eye. You no fit beat Nigeria for your shrine you called stadium and na for Abuja stadium you wan come beat us, anyway Tuesday no far again

    • Yes we know that it’s not over yet but will be over for ghana by the time ghana lose to Nigeria in the second leg.

      I want Nigeria to treat them the way they treated us in ghana. when ghana plain land in Abuja, give them aboki rope to come down from the airplane.
      Let them know that all the five stars hotels in Abuja are already booked.
      Until Nigeria start paying them back with their own coins they may not behave themselve.

      God bless Nigeria.

      • If they can’t jumb from the plane to the ground they shouldn’t come at all, Because no staircase for them. But in that game Ghana was superior in the first half, but it was more neutral at the second. To me that was a clear penalty, I was celebrating still the ref broke my heart it wasn’t the var, they only suggested to the ref to watch the incident, it was the ref decision

    • Otasikwe 3 months ago

      Almighty what Almighty my my foot

  • Omo9ja 3 months ago

    “Meanwhile, Partey had on Thursday during the pre-match press conference stated that he and his Black Stars teammates were eager to redeem their image against Nigeria as they also owe Ghanaians the 2022 World Cup ticket”.

    You people doesn’t know your mate at all. You want to redeem your image against who? This is quite embarrassing. I hope Super Eagles coaching crew can see the embarrassment they are causing us now.

    Even, our biggest river in Africa the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon can not say this not to talk of the Black Stars of Ghana. The present Ghanaian team have nothing to prove in Abuja on Tuesday.

    I don’t expect nothing from you people but excuses bla bla bla.

    You think it is not over until it is over ba? No worries, Tuesday is around the corner.

    We will show you people how it done in Abuja on Tuesday by God’s grace. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Terry barber 3 months ago

      What nonsense are you spilling onbhere.what do you mean by “you people don’t know your mate”. if anything Ghana is superior to Nigeria in football over history.check your history so your statement of “you people don’t know your mate” does not make sense.unless you were just. Or recently to know Ghana is even a powerhouse in football.

      • KangA 3 months ago

        In the 60s and 70s, Ghana was a powerhouse; not today. Pray you avoid Naija for a competitive slot (AFCON,WC) because you’ll always be marked ABSENT hahahaaaaa!

        • Jaybobo 3 months ago

          I don’t get how Nigerians can be so arrogant , talking as if you are so so superior to the Black stars . We eliminated you most times in afcon includimg the last two times ‘08,2010. I like the arrogance because if the game on Tuesday heads towards the end in a stalemate your own fans will start putting pressure on your team which can only be good for us . Nigeria think they are so much better than they actually are , we shall see

  • ADEYEMI Temitope 3 months ago

    For Super Eagles to qualify for Qatar 2022 world cup. They have to score a minimum of 2 goals in the first half. Here me, 2 goals at minimum in the first half. The mind set of black stars to the Abuja game will be to try and curtail the eagles in the first half and score a goal in the second half to equalise or to take a lead. If the game is a goalless at 75 minutes eagles will start to fidgeting and black stars might take advantage. I see no reason why we didn’t win yesterday match. No good match is the cause at least the second half could have been where eagles could have make adjustment having study them in the first half.

    My dream Eagles for Abuja game is;
    1 GK
    2. RB OLA AINA but too apologetic and commit stupid errors
    3. LB BASSEY for Zaidu is too slow and fidgety

    • Footballfanatic 3 months ago

      And people like you will criticize a coach???

      • Jide Dola 3 months ago

        Abi o @Footballfanatic lol. This is the formation Etebo was alive yesterday so it will be nice for him to play defensive role over bonke, even though I expected much from bonke yesterday, nevertheless he did well to some extent. Then I would have preferred Omeruo to Balogun due to his performance at AFCON buh due to injury I don’t know what to say. The most important area that is needed to be focused on is our midfield. Here is the formation. Uzoho
        Aina/Balogun/Ekong/ Bassey
        Etebo and the duo of Aribo and Onyeka to play ahead of him with Onyeka to always drop more deep to defend
        Chukueze and Simon still has to start then Lookman and Dennis to come in in the second half, and Osimhen to top strike. With this formation we will pounce on Ghana like tomorrow no dey

  • Chukwueze should start from the bench in the next game same as iheanacho. Aribo should play iheanacho role while dennis should play from the right. In midfield it should be onyeka and etebo, Or etebo can switch roles with Aribo. The others should keep their places.
    Coach eguavoen should be flexible and make changes to the team where necessary. He is still using that same formation that rohr used, that he also used during the Afcon. And the results are not flattering at all.

    • My brother that is a lie Rohr can’t play 4.4.2, Rohr played 3.5.2, or, Rohr is better than Eguavouen,,we will have a problem in our midfield, this was the mistakes he made in afco

  • yusuf adebola 3 months ago

    A decent play from Eagles, though we didn’t take our chances. Hopefully,it will be a different ball game in Abuja. Eguaveon tactical substitution is questionable especially in the middle. Aribo should have played the role of attacking midfielder, his early absence was felt immediately he is removed.

  • Pls Osimhen should equally learn to be skillful a little in front of goal nah. See that shot he played at close range that the Ghanian defender went down to block; Osi knew a defender was running with him he should have faked the defender with is left foot and shoot with the right foot. This is very elementary Osimhen pls and pls, learn to beat your marker.

    Try to be calming down and composed in front of goal and you will be more prolific plsssss. And try to stay in your position as a top 9.

    Moses Simon pls stop those excess dribbling where you should quickly release the ball to Osimhen (Your over dribbling and loosing the balls is becoming too childish plsss; be purposeful in your play; goals and assists is what the team needs not excess dribbling). Cheers!

  • Coach Eguavoen does it mean non of your strikers or midfielders knows how to play hot shot???

    See those Ghanian shots Uzoho saved and our strikers could not retaliate…. No wonder Okoye was never tested on stopping real hot shots in SE training only to be exposed in serious matches…

    Ighalo or Dennis may just have to strike for the SE in Abuja ooo!

    “A striker cannot shoot acurately and cannot beat his marker even when he see a defender running to block his shot, he will still play it like that and end up been blocked”.

    Osimhen can’t you cut that ball with your left or right foot (depending on your position) and use the other foot to strike? By so doing your marker will fall on the ground or sweep away and you can now strike wella…! Bro be calming down and composed in front of goal…. You can do it better Osimhen!!! Cheers!

  • Egun no be good coach at all, If Nigeria no qualify na the coach fault, How can you play away gain with that kind of line up. He did the same against Tunisia and we lost and the only game plan our coach knows and understand is playing that way. Abeg make NFF start earl to look for a coach because Naija deserve better.

  • ABDULRAZAK 3 months ago

    When Gernot Rohr said you cannot play beautiful football and expect good results at the same time, he was called all manner of names. Italy entertained against North Macedonia but history sadly does remember teams that entertain or play beautiful football. My advice to Coach Egu and the boys is, ITS okay to play dirty but win. Forget all this nonsense tiki taka philosophy. JUST WIN ON TUESDAY.


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