2022 World Cup play-off: Rahman could miss Nigeria game

Ghana Black Stars’ defender Abdul Baba Rahman is a doubt for the final play-offs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria, later this month.

The 27-year-old sustained a thigh injury during Reading’s 3-2 win over Preston North End in the Championship on February 19, this year.

He has since been sidelined and was not in action for the Royals as they lost 1-0 to Millwall on Saturday.

Despite the injury, the Chelsea loanee is expected to be named in Otto Addo’s squad for the crucial double-header.

The first leg will take place at the Cape Coast Stadium on March 25 whereas the second leg takes place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on March 29.

The winner of the tie will represent the continent at the World football showpiece which is scheduled to take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022, in Qatar.

Rahman has 41 appearances for the Black Stars and scored one goal in the process.

Meanwhile, Ghana international, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh continued his newfound scoring form with a brace on Saturday as promotion-chasing FC St. Pauli thrashed Karlsruher SC 3-1 in a 2021/22 German 2. Bundesliga match-day 25 home fixture.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder – after scoring in a German Cup defeat in mid-week – returned to scoring in the league after doing so last weekend with a stunning free-kick away to Ingolstadt – making it 4 goals in three games in a week.

Kyereh opened the scoring after 14 minutes at the Millerntor-Stadion with a left-footed shot inside the box.

He doubled the lead for St. Pauli in the 25th minute with a back-post finish before Simon Makienok made it three for the joint league leaders in the 34th minute.

So far, Kyereh now has nine goals and 10 assists in 22 league games for St. Pauli, this season.

Capped five times by Ghana, Kyereh is expected to play a leading role for the Black Stars when they battle the Super Eagles of Nigeria. – footballghana.com/Footy-Ghana.com

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