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Black Stars Fixtures: Here are dates for Ghana’s Qatar World Cup group games

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The 2022 World in Qatar is just some few weeks away and Ghanaians are expecting another spectacular outing by the Black Stars at the Mundial.

Having made it out of the group stage in their maiden appearance in 2006 and qualified for the quarterfinals in South Africa in 2010; the bar is always high for the senior national team at the World Cup.

But to make it out of the group in this year’s tourney; it will require perfection from the Black Stars in a strong pool that includes Portugal, South Korea and familiar foes Uruguay.

Going into the tournament as one of the lowest ranked teams, Ghana will face its group opponents in three different stadiums in an 8-day span.

Here are the dates the Black Stars will attempt to defy the odds and qualify for the Round of 16.

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November 24: Ghana will open its 2022 World Cup on this day by facing Portugal at Stadium 974. The two teams clashed at the last time Ghana was at the World Cup and the Black Stars lost by 2-1 at the Arena BRB Mané Garrincha in Brasilia.

John Boye scored an own goal in the 33rd minute before legendary striker Asamoah Gyan pulled the Black Stars back in the 57th minute.

Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo got the winner for the Portuguese in the 80th minute to confirm Ghana’s first elimination from the group stage at the World Cup.

November 28: At the Education City Stadium, the Black Stars will face South Korea in its second game. The Asian country is one of the countries Ghana has not faced in a competitive game at the senior level.

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However, the Black Stars have played them in 9 friendlies and Ghana have won 4; drew 1 and lost 4.

With the form of Tottenham Hotspurs winger Son Heung-min, the South Koreans will be one of the bogey teams to face in Qatar.

 

The Black Stars ability to pass this daunting hurdle will give Ghanaians a clear picture if the team can make it pass the group stages.

December 2: This is a day of reckoning for the Black Stars and its millions of supporters. For apparent reasons, Ghana vrs Uruguay at the World Cup again is one of the most anticipated matches many football lovers are looking forward to.

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Though it has been 12 years since that infamous Luis Suarez handball incident at the World Cup in South Africa, Ghanaian football fans have forever been looking for another opportunity to get their revenge.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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