Ghana and Nigeria’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance after the West African rivals finished goalless in their first leg playoff tie.
There was little in the way of clear-cut chances across the 90 minutes in Kumasi, with Moses Simon having the best chance as he was denied in the second-half.
The Super Eagles thought they had a penalty in the closing stages but it was overturned after a VAR review, and it means it’s all to play for heading into the second leg in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city on Tuesday night when a place in Qatar at the end of the year will be decided.
It was Ghana who started the match the better of the two sides, roared on by a raucous home crowd, though it wasn’t until 30 minutes in that their first real chance of the match came.
Abdul Fatawu let fly with a powerful strike from the edge of the box, which Super Eagle’s keeper, Francis Uzoho parried away.
Nigeria grew into the game and enjoyed a bright spell just before the break.
Kelechi Iheanacho nearly got on the end of a cross at the back post, before Victor Osimhen sent a tame volley at goal that was comfortably saved.
The Super Eagles had a massive chance to take the lead just after the break, when Moses Simon found himself clean through on goal. His shot from ten-yards out was saved though, as Jojo Wollacott kept the Super Eagles out.
Ghana threatened themselves and Jordan Ayew had a decent shot saved with 20 minutes remaining.
Ademola Lookman was introduced for his Nigeria debut, after he was called up for the first time since his switch to represent the Super Eagles.
Super Eagles thought they had a penalty with just over ten minutes to the of the game as Baba Mohammed was penalised for a handball in the box.
However, after a VAR review the referee returned overturned his earlier decision.
There was to be no further drama in the final minutes as it finished goalless, to sets up a second-leg showdown for a place at the 2022 World Cup.
Elsewhere in CAF’s final qualifying stage, DR Congo and Morocco drew 1-1. Islam Slimani’s strike was enough for Algeria to secure a 1-0 victory over Cameroon, while Tunisia beat Mali by the same scoreline thanks to a Moussa Sissako own goal – though he was sent off four minutes later.
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Breaking: Tinubu pays surprise visit to Osinbajo
Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has paid a surprise visit to one of the aspirants in the just concluded presidential primary ,Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at his Abuja residence on Thursday night.
A source in the presidency said Tinubu had earlier visited the President at his residence in the Presidential Villa and afterward decided to make a surprise call on Osinbajo alongside Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu.
According to the source, Osinbajo was in a meeting with Senator Kabiru Gaya, former Defense Minister Rtd Major General Dan Ali, and other associates.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 votes in the just concluded presidential primary in Abuja.
Two years after, CBN jack up interest rate to 13%
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee has jacked up benchmark interest to 13 per cent, 150 basis points above the previous rate.
It is the first change since September 2020.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s142nd and third meeting for the year at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, CBN, Emefiele said the action was to tame the rising inflation rate in the country.
He said the committee voted to maintain the CRR at 27 percent and the Liquidity Ratio at 30 percent while the asymmetric corridor of +200 and -700 basis points around the MPR was also adopted.
He was concern that the impact of the CBN development finance initiatives was being threatened by an astronomic rise in inflation rate and explained that the MPC was faced with the dilemma of managing two parallel trends at the same time.
The CBN governor, however, said the rate on development finance loans will remain at 5 percent till 2023.
“Six members voted to raise the MPR by 150 basis points, four members by 100 basis points and one member, by 50 basis points.
“Members expressed deep concern about the continued uptrend of inflationary pressure in spite of the gradual improvement in output growth.
“Committee notes that the current rise in inflation is inimical to growth and the full recovery of the Nigerian economy,” he said.
The committee urged the federal government to do more to provide a safe and secure environment for economic activities to stimulate growth.
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