AFCON: Tunisia faces Nigeria in third place play-off

Odion Ighalo Nigeria

Odion Ighalo Nigeria

Then Cup holders Tunisia shot into a comfortable lead during the penalty shoot-out following another 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time at the El Masry Stadium in Port Said.

They won 2-0 over Guinea and lost to the flamboyant debutants Madagascar 2-0.

"Now they need to put in more effort in their last match of the tournament against Tunisia so that the country will be proud, " she said.

Having suffered heartbreaks in their semi-final matches against Algeria and Senegal respectively, Nigeria and Tunisia are keen to bow out on a high by winning Wednesday's bronze medal contest.

In terms of their head-to-head record, Tunisia have had marginally the better of the 17 matches they have played against Nigeria, with six wins compared to their rivals' five. It was a 2-1 defeat for Nigeria.

"The Eagles have a very good set of players but Rohr did a wrong substitution and the tactics for the game were faulty".

The Shenhua Shanghai striker walked off the pitch of play with a likely hamstring injury, and Victor Osimhen came on in the second half for injured Ighalo.

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An early tap in from tournament top scorer Odion Ighalo was one of the few bright moments in a game that failed to catch fire.

It has been a good tournament for Nigeria as they have beaten teams like South Africa and Cameroon.

On the face of it, Tunisia are 20 places above Nigeria in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, sitting 25th, and had a slightly less agonising form of AFCON heartbreak in that they did not lose to the last kick of the game.

Rohr told the media at the Al Salam Stadium, venue of the third place match, that Mikel would have to earn his place in the team despite little at stake.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Nigeria to win this match.

The team has plenty of talent with players such as Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze, and their extra quality in attack should give them the edge over Tunisia. I see Nigeria being too strong for Tunisia as they secure third place.

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