Black Stars technical advisor Chris Hughton has urged Ghanaians to remain calm and positive ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off tie against Nigeria.

The former Premier League coach said, “As a part of the build-up, I would like to urge Ghanaians to remain calm and positive about the team because we strongly believe we have the quality, desire and hunger to achieve the results that we want.”

Ghana and Nigeria will face off twice in the space of four days with the winner qualifying for the World Cup finals in Qatar.

“It is our aim to qualify for the Qatar (2022) World Cup and we all have a duty to make that dream a reality. Ghana have done it before and we can guarantee you that everybody associated with the Black Stars wants this opportunity again to perform on a World stage,” said Hughton.

“This moment presents the opportunity to write history and we are all committed to it from the players, the technical staff, the Ghana Football Association and, the Government. We value your support. We are Ghana and we are ready,” he added.

Ghana Football Association appointed former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton as technical advisor and Otto Addo as head coach last month following the dismissal of Milovan Rajevac after a group-stage exit at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The experienced manager’s inclusion in the technical team is a boost for the Black Stars going into the tie.

Ghana will host the first leg in Kumasi on Friday, March 25, 2022, with the return leg set for Tuesday 29 March in Abuja.

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