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Dare, Ghana FA boss exchange bants ahead of World Cup tie

THE big sports officials in both Nigeria and Ghana have been talking tough as the key Qatar 2022 World Cup playoffs between the two West African neighbours draw near.

The Black Stars host the Super Eagles in the first leg in Kumasi on Friday, and the return fixture is in Abuja next Tuesday.

Nigeria’s sports minister Sunday Dare was caught on camera in a short video that has gone viral saying the Super Eagles would ‘beat the sh*t’ out of Ghana. 

“We’re not going to play a draw in Ghana, honestly. We’ll beat the sh*t out of them,” Dare said while speaking with Super Eagles and Nigeria Football Federation officials on the Moshood Abiola Stadium pitch in Abuja on Wednesday.

“These guys should just go out there, there’s insurance on their legs now. There’s insurance there and there’s insurance here.”

Ghana Football Association President Kurt Sineon-Okraku fired his own shot later on Wednesday, referring to the Super Eagles as ‘little babies’.

“It’s that time of the year where every Ghanaian will have to stand up and be counted. It’s that time of the year where our country’s pride is at stake,” he told Joy Sports, a Ghanaian show.

“It’s that time of the year where Ghana must be at the Mundial, but before we do that, we have a common foe, the Super Eagles of Nigeria. They come across as our little babies, but they pretend to be the big boys.”

Although the Super Eagles have been more successful in recent times than the Black Stars, the Ghanaians have a vastly superior head-to-head record and haven’t lost to Nigeria since 2006.

Of the 49 senior clashes between the two countries, Ghana have won 21, while Nigeria have won 10, with 18 ending in draws.

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