There will be a resumption of hostilities when the two West African giants lock horns seeking to secure automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar later this year and there’s all to play for. Both Nigeria and Ghana left the ongoing African Cup of Nations earlier than expected of them and while both countries have engaged in fierce pitch battles in the past, they’ve been pitted against each other in what is expected to be a thrilling qualifying fixture.

Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON Group Stage after an embarrassing and shocking defeat at the hands of Comoros in their final group game, a result that meant that the Ghanaian Football Federation relieved their former coach of his duties afterward. Nigeria suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Tunisia in their very first knockout game of the tournament despite being the only team with a 100% record at the group stage, winning all if their three group games.

The 1-0 loss was a shock to viewers as a lot of people already started tipping the Super Eagles to clinch the crown this year.

Ghana and Nigeria, two close yet distant countries will be battling each other for a spot in this year’s World Cup tournament and it is going to be an extra-interesting tie as well. With Ghana firing their manager, they are expected to replace him with someone else and that could spark a turnaround for the Black Stars. Following the sacking of former German manager Gernot Rohr, the Nigerian Football Federation appointed a new coach who will take charge of the team for their qualifiers and with both teams switching coaches, the tie may come down to a battle of tactics rather than on-pitch display.