Bloemfontein - Nigerian soccer fans in South Africa have
urged Coach Stephen Keshi not to allow the Black Stars to dictate the pace of
the African Nations Championship semi-final game with the Super Eagles.
The match is scheduled to hold on Wednesday in Bloemfontein.
Nigeria had qualified through a comeback from a 0-3 deficit
in the first half of their quarter-final encounter with the Atlas Lions of
Morocco to win 4-3.
Ghana on the other hand qualified with a 1-0 victory via
penalty against Congo DR.
The fans told NAN in Johannesburg that the Eagles should not
give in to fear or intimidation by the Black Stars.
Coach Salami Longe who oversees a football academy in
Johannesburg, told NAN that the Black Stars did not play any spectacular game
against Congo in the quarter-finals.
“My appeal to the Eagles is that they should not allow the
Black Stars to dictate the pace of the game. They should not even harbour any
fears while facing up to Ghana.
“The Eagles should go into the match in a light-hearted
manner with the aim of trashing the Black Stars with as many goals as
possible,’’ Longe said.
Sylvanus Okereke, who runs a sports shop in Johannesburg,
said the Black Stars were `beatable' by the Eagles.
“They should erase any fears of giving in to them."
Stella Emmanuel, a Nigerian gym operator, said that going by
the performances of the Eagles so far in the competition, they were favourites
for the trophy.
“My advice is that the Eagles should not underrate the Black
Stars but face up to the task of overcoming the Ghanaians," Emmanuel said.