By Tosin Omojola
Ahead of today’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) semi final cracker between Nigeria and Ghana, Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has said it is up to the players to decide whether they want to play in the final or not.
Fresh from last weekend’s dramatic comeback win over the Atlas Lions of Morocco in which the Nigerian side came back from three goals down to eliminate the North Africans 4-3, the Eagles will this evening (7.30 pm Nigerian time) confront perennial rivals Ghana in the second semi final match of the championship.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Keshi disclosed that he had told the players on the need for them to raise the level of their game today, stressing that he had drummed it into their ears that it is left to them to decide their fate.
‘’With our preparation for this match, I can say that we are good enough to beat Ghana but I have told the players they need to fight like Trojan right from the beginning of the match. It is a match that will be decided by them and I have told them to go for the broke,’’ said the Big Boss.
Team captain Chigozin Agbim agreed with the coach, saying how they approach the game would go a long way in determining the outcome, hence their resolve to take the match seriously than previous game.
‘’We know we are facing a difficult opposition, going by past meetings, an encounter against Ghana has always been tough and with this knowledge at the back of mind, we will not take anything for granted because having come this far, nothing could be good than returning home with the trophy,’’ the Rangers International goalkeeper said.
Ghana will aim at nothing but a ticket to their second consecutive final having played in the final of the last edition in which they lost to Congo Democratic Republic, the team they beat to set up this titanic semi clash against their West African rival.
The Ghana, Nigeria match will be preceded by the first semi final clash in which Libya will slug it out with the Warriors of Zimbabwe.