2022 World Cup qualifiers: Kanu gives emotional Super Eagles pep talk ahead of Ghana showdown

Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu is pumped up ahead of the Super Eagles’ 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off against Ghana, and delivered an emotional pep talk ahead of the match.

Augustine Eguavoen’s men reached this stage after beating Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in the second round group stage, but know they have their fate in their hands as they visit the men of Otto Addo in Friday’s first leg.

“My compatriots! Yes, you know what it is. Nigeria v Ghana – the battle – yes, World Cup qualifying,” Kanu said in a video posted to his Twitter account, while wearing a Super Eagles kit.

“We have to support our dear Super Eagles, we have to pray for them.

Come on boys, you know you can do this at home and on the go. No matter what, we have to be there [in Qatar].

Victory all the way, I wish you all the best. Good luck! You can do it. Can you believe? Believe it, and we will be in the World Cup.

Make Nigerians proud, make us proud, give your all and get us the result. We go there, we win, we go out and end up in Nigeria. World Cup here we come!”

The two-time African player of the year knows what it takes to play in the showpiece of world football, having appeared in three editions (France 1998, South Korea and Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010).

In these tournaments, the lanky striker made six appearances – with his best outing coming in the round of 16 at the 1998 edition in France.

Augustine Eguavoen’s men stuttered at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and they know nothing less than a place in Qatar 2022 will be acceptable to Nigerian fans.

Nigeria will be without Wilfred Ndidi and Maduka Okoye for opposing reasons – however, Ademola Lookman and Calvin Bassey could be considered for the starting XI.

The hosts, on the other hand, will miss the services of their inspirational captain Andre Ayew and Kamaldeen Sulemana, Baba Rahman and Edmund Addo through injury.

Kanu is one of the most decorated African players in history, having won a Champions League winners’ medal with Ajax, a UEFA Cup medal with Inter Milan, two Premier League titles and an Olympic gold medal.

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