Nigeria will meet Morocco in semi-finals of the on-going North-West Africa cricket tournament held in Gambia on Wednesday.
"We must not take chances. This encounter was an eye opener and we cannot afford to fail at this stage of the competition," coach Ewa Henshaw told his players after the match against Ghana.
The team beat Gruup B rivals Sierra Leone and Ghana to advance.
His captain, Wale Adeoye, agreed with him, confessing that the problem with the Nigerian team had been that of fielding first.
Adeoye said: "Each time we field and our opponents get low runs, we tend to relax, hoping we can finish them with two or at most three men. But that has proven to be our greatest undoing."
He dismissed claims that the Nigerian team was not good at batting, saying, "we have the best batsmen in this competition. By the time we bat first, you will see what I mean."
Nigeria defeated Ghana on Monday by two wickets, with the pair of ever-dependable Seun Odeku, 17 not out and Joshua Ogunlola, 18, not out as the outstanding players. The Ghanaians won the toss and elected to bat first and quickly garnered 102 runs all out in 27 overs.
Petit Nigerian wicket keeper, Olayinka Segun, was alert and made five catches. Joshua Ogunlola took three wickets while Kunle Adegbola and Wale Adeoye shared the remaining wickets between them.
The second innings produced the biggest drama as the Nigerians, who entered the pitch with a modest ambition of making at least two runs per over, later discovered that their target was a tall order.The wickets fell in quick succession.
Ademola Onikoyi was LBW after 18 runs while Segun Olayinka became the object of ridicule after he was run out under very inexplicable circumstances. He made a run but later went to the umpire to complain about something, leaving his crease. He was run out as the ball was not a dead ball yet. He made just two runs before the incident.
Jay Gosalker was bowled after making six runs while Tayo Okusanya contributed only 15 runs before he was caught. Endurance Ofem bowled after three runs just like Kunle Adegbola. As for captain Wale Adeoye, he could not make any run before he was caught, the same as Tayo Atoloye.
But the pair of Joshua and Seun stabilized the game, reaching the target 103 with two wickets to spare.