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World Cup: Eguavoen attributes qualification failure to Ndidi’s absence

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Augustine Eguaveon has revealed that midfielder Wilfried Ndidi’s injury massively affected his World Cup qualification plans.

Eguaveon was dismissed after failing to lead the Super Eagles to the World Cup in Qatar following a playoff defeat to Ghana.

Ndidi suffered an injury while playing for Leicester City in the Europa Conference League and was ruled out of the double-header.

“Imagine a Ghana without a Partey. Losing Ndidi was first of all a problem and then we make amends by bringing in Bonke who is a ball winner and then he got injured as well,” Eguavoen said before adding.

“Onyeka was also on top of his game, also got injured so he had a bit of a problem.”

“Etebo, who’s just coming back from injury, played well in Kumasi when he came in but he only had to give us his best for the first sixty minutes.”

“If you look at the bench now who would have come in? It’s just to change formation within the players. At 1-1 we needed to get that one goal but it just didn’t happen.”

Thomas Partey’s decisive goal in Abuja saw the Black Stars edge their rivals on the away goal rule to qualify for their fourth World Cup.

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