Nigeria's home-based Super Eagles need to step up their game for a must-win encounter with Ghana's Black Stars in the ongoing WAFU Nations Cup today.
Bethel Ugonna, a footballer with Golden FC of Port Harcourt told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that qualifying for the semi-finals was very possible.
It was one of the best match days since the competition got underway last Saturday and the Black Stars B matched the occasion with a stunning performance to outclass Guinea at the Cape Coast Stadium.
He said that this was time for the Eagles to show the stuff they were made of by humbling Ghana on their own pitch.
Nigeria who were yet to record a win in the group after recording stalemates with both Mali and Guinea now have 5 points after beating Ghana. But Anthony Okpotu (who led the scorers' chart in the just -ended Nigeria Professional Football League season with 19 goals) and champions Plateau United's winger Peter Eneji scored within the first 10 minutes of the re-start to put Nigeria in the driving seat.
Victory affirmed Nigeria's second place in Group A and the reward is a semi final date with the victor of Group B on Thursday.
"It is time for them to sit up at least against Ghana in order to qualify for semi-finals", Ugonna said.
In the other game in Group A played simultaneously on Monday, Guinea and Mali cancelled out each other in a 1-1 draw at the Nduom Sports Complex to finish on two points each.
Yusuf said: "It is a must-win game; we are certainly aware of that".
In the group's other game also played on Monday, Guinea and Mali both crashed out after playing out a 1-1 draw in Elmina.