Some football enthusiasts in Nigeria on Sunday expressed optimism that the home-based Super Eagles would defeat hosts, Ghana, and qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament in spite of their last goalless draw,
Bethel Ugonna, a footballer with Golden FC of Port Harcourt says that qualifying for the semi-finals was very possible.
Ugonna urged the Salisu Yusuf coached boys to go all out as a team against the host country Ghana on Monday, and defeat them, while advising the team to improve on its attack.
He said that the team had to galvanise its attack to be able to convert their chances to goals.
“The attack makes mistakes, especially when it comes to scoring goals. It is time for them to sit up at least against Ghana in order to qualify for semi-finals,” Ugonna said.
Also, Lambert Uba, a coach said that the CHAN Eagles would reach the semi-finals.
Uba noted that the team’s determination and coordination were key to beating Ghana on Monday as he called for total crushing of Ghana.
He said that this was time for the Eagles to show the stuff they were made of by humbling Ghana on their own pitch.
Hassan Isa, a football fan and a businessman urged the Eagles to show that Nigeria’s recent disgrace of Cameroon, Africa’s champions was not a fluke by beating Ghana.
Isa said that he had no fears about the Super Eagles whether home-based or not, especially with their recent performance in World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria on Thursday were held to a goalless draw by Mali in their first group match having eliminated Sierra Leone in the knock stage.
Again the Super Eagles were taken back from clinching the semifinals ticket by the Syli Eagles of Guinea on Saturday.
The Salisu Yusuf boys will on Monday slug it out with Ghana in an all-important match to decide the semi-finals ticket.