Sunday, January 23
•Burkina Faso (7)1-1(6) Gabon
•Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia
Monday, January 24
•Guinea Vs Gambia – 7pm
•Cameroon vs Comoros – 10pm
Nigeria bundled out of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-0 stunning loss to Tunisia in a round of 16 tie played at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua.
The Super Eagles, who had won all their Group stage matches, finished the game a man down but fought valiantly on the night they will want to forget easily.
Youssef Msakni scored the all important goal to send the Carthage of Eagles to the quarterfinals where they meet Burkina Faso who earlier eliminated Gabon.
Msakni scored from outside the box with his effort eluding Nigeria custodian Emil Okoye just after restart.
And Nigeria’s chance to stage a comeback was handed a big blow when substitute Alex Iwobi who came on for Kelechi Iheanacho was shown a red card after VAR review for a bad tackle on Msakni.
The Super Eagles will rue missed opportunities in the first half, and also had two or three wasted opportunities to level the tie thereafter.
Samuel Chukwueze had a beautiful turn in the box but his effort looped over the goal frame, Moses Simon sent his freekick over the bar, Wilfred Ndidi went for power but his effort was also wide of the mark.
The best opportunity fell on Umar Sadiq Mesbah but the big forward, when through on goal, skewed a keeper to beat chance an inch wide.
It was a harsh result for Nigerian fans whose wait for the fourth AFCON title since 2013 continues for the next tournament.
The win is sweet revenge for Tunisia who lost to Nigeria in the 2019 AFCON bronze medal match in Egypt.
The 2004 winners who had a poor group stage campaign and qualified to this stage as a best loser, will fancy their chances against Burkina Faso on Thursday.