Sunday, January 23
•Burkina Faso Vs Gabon – 7pm
•Nigeria Vs Tunisia – 10pm
Nigeria will be hoping to book place in the quarterfinals when they face Tunisia at the round of 16 in what promises to be a thrilling tie in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles will hope to repeat 2019 heroics when they beat Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles 1-0 in the Bronze match thanks to Odian Ighalo’s third minute goal.
The tie will be played at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.
Nigeria topped Group D with nine points after wins over Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau.
“We topped our group with maximum points, but this is a totally different story, and the players and technical staff know this well. We are not done with what we had in the group. We will work together for the coming steps,” Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavoen is quoted by CAF.
“We plan to go as far as possible. Being named best coach of the group stage was because of the players. They make coaches win. Tunisia deserved to qualify, and we respect each other. We both have the same target which is to win and qualify. We will continue to work in the same way.”
Tunisia on the other hand qualified to this stage as a best loser after finishing third in Group F – They beat Mauritania but lost to Mali and Gambia.
Tunisia midfielder Aissa Laidouni said: “We all play for the team. We just focus on the competition and how to work. We don’t think of the problems. Our focus is the game, and we will do our best to win. We were not good enough against Gambia and were punished at the end. We took the lesson and will correct our mistakes and give our best.
“This is past now and our focus is what’s coming. We fear no one and comes the game you will find soldiers giving their all.”
Did you know?
- Nigeria have won AFCON three times, last winning the competition in 2013.
- Algeria won their only title in 2004
- Nigeria and Tunisia are meeting for the sixth time at AFCON, with four of those five coming in knockout. Nigeria are unbeaten in all five (W3 D2, excluding shoot-outs).
- Tunisia’s only successful Africa Cup of Nations meeting with Nigeria came in 2004, when they progressed via penalties in the semi-finals after the match finished level, going onto win the competition that year.