Ghana has set a new football revenue record with GH1.4 million ($190,000) from the first leg of the 2022 World Cup playoff between Ghana vs Nigeria.
Following the clash of the two nations at the Baba Yara Stadium, this is the greatest amount ever recorded in any football match in the country.
Last Friday, the Black Stars and the Super Eagles drew 0-0, with the return leg set for the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
“This is the greatest sum we’ve ever recorded from ticket sales from any national team football match,” stated Professor Peter Twumasi of Ghana’s National Sports Authority.
Ghana enjoyed more possession and chances in the first leg in Kumasi, but their finishing was clumsy.
Only twice did they test goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who made saves from Issahaku Fatawu’s stinging strike in the 33rd minute and Mohammed Kudus’s shot in the 71st minute.
Moses Simon had Nigeria’s greatest chance 10 minutes into the second half, but he missed the chance to score a crucial away goal.
With 15 minutes remaining, Nigeria was awarded a penalty after Idrissu Baba Mohammed touched the ball after being tripped in his own penalty area, but the referee changed his mind after a VAR check and awarded Ghana a free kick.
Ghana was making its debut under new coach Otto Addo, who was assisted by former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton.
He gave debuts to AS Roma’s Felix Ohene-Gyan and Denis Odoi, a 33-year-old former Belgium defender who switched sides before of the two-legged playoff.
Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman, who had previously represented England at under-21 level, came on as a 15-minute replacement for Nigeria.
The victor of the match will advance to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar later this year.