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Super Eagles arrive Abuja after scoreless draw with Ghana

The Super Eagles have arrive back in Abuja ahead of the second leg of the 2022 FIFA World cup play-offs on Tuesday.

The Eagles drew 0-0 with Ghana’s Black Stars in Friday night’s first leg encounter in Kumasi.

The Black Stars were the better side from the opening minutes of the clash between the age-long rivals of African football.

At the 40,000-capacity Baba Yara Stadium, an excellent challenge from Leon Balogun denied a Ghanaian forward from having a one-on-one chance on 15 minutes.

Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi also produced a dangerous cross from the left flank which evaded Victor Osimhen in the 21st minute of action.

The Otto Addo-managed side almost got their noses in front through the dangerous Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, who forced Nigeria’s goalkeeper Francis Uzoho to make an excellent save.

Hardworking Eagles’ forward, Osimhen also had a shot on target, directing William Troost-Ekong’s cross towards goal, but his effort was weak.

It was goalless at the break in Kumasi.

In the beginning of the second half, Moses Simon had a glorious opportunity to get Super Eagles the opener but his shot was saved after a lovely pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Coach Austin Eguavoen handed Ademola Lookman and Calvin Bassey their debut as the Super Eagles continued to search for the opener.

Fourteen minutes from time, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick by the referee after Daniel Amartey handled the ball in the box.

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The return leg is scheduled to take place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Tuesday.

The winner of the tie will earn one of the five tickets for Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December.

Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor