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MegaMeister
12th May 2011, 04:55 AM
Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia remains unbeaten since taking over the reins of leadership of the country's national football team last December and today the Beijing Olympic silver winning coach will lead his team out against the Black Predators (Ghana U-23 team) in the WAFU Nations Cup semi-final match at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta with victory already on his mind.

"Our objective is to get to the final. It doesn't matter if we are playing Ghana," the Nigeria coach said.

He added: "We are playing a match that we want to win, and who we play against is not the issue."

The Nigerian team, consisting of players plying their trade in the domestic championship, is in the race to retain the regional trophy won last year under the tutelage of former coach Daniel Amokachi, and also open the account of silverwares for Siasia as Super Eagles coach.

Although the Nigeria team started their tournament campaign on a shaky a note, beating Liberia's Lone Stars by 1-0, they have since stepped up their game as they were more convincing in their 4-0 drubbing of Niger in their second match.

No easy progress

Though Siasia is not expecting an easy passage into Saturday's final, he is upbeat that his boys can continue their good run at the tournament.

"We can't come this far and relinquish our ambition to retain this trophy. Now that we have got more time to train, I believe my team would give their best against Ghana. It should be an interesting match," said Siasia.

On his part, Ghana coach, David Duncan, has already predicted a tough duel with Nigeria as both teams already have their sight on Saturday's final.

Ghana finished behind Togo in Group B. Togo shaded a rematch 4-3 on penalties after winning 2-1 in regulation time in this two-team group.

Ghana won the first game 2-1 and so the winners of Group B had to be decided through a penalty shootout.

As a result, Togo will face Group B runners-up Liberia in the other semi-final, also on Thursday.

"Against Nigeria, it could be anybody's game. It will be a tough encounter as it is a derby," said Ghana coach Duncan.

"Playing against Nigeria would be a completely different game. When you take the game against a brother like Nigeria, with the whole of the country behind them and who are going to act as the 12th man on the pitch that day, you won't expect anything less." Togo meet Liberia in the first semi-final on Thursday at 2pm, while Nigeria and Ghana go head to head at 4pm.

The final and third-place match are to be played on Saturday.

Nigeria are the defending champions of the revamped annual sub-regional tournament after they defeated Senegal 2-0 in last year's final also at the MKO Abiola Stadium.