The Super Eagles of Nigeria have learnt the team they will be facing in the round-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations and it’s no other than familiar North-African foes Tunisia.

Nigeria topped Group D with nine maximum points having racked up wins against Egypt [1-0], Sudan [3-1] and Guinea-Bissau [2-0].

Umar Sadiq celebrates his goal against Guinea-Bissau

Tunisia on the other hand finished third with three points as their only win was a 4-0 smashing of Mauritania. The rest were 1-0 losses to Mali and Gambia.

However, Mondher Khebaier ‘s men have been decimated with 12 of their players tested positive for Covid.

Tunisia captain Whabi Khazri nets in Tunisia’s 4-0 smashing of Mauritania

This clash will be a repeat of Afcon 2019 Third-place match where Odion Ighalo’s third minute strike made the difference.

Nigeria have met Tunisia four times in the Africa Cup of Nations [2000, 2004,2006 and 2019] winning on three occasions.

The last time Nigeria lost to Tunisia in regular time was 36 years ago [1985]

The Super Eagles have only lost one competitive game [on penalties] against Tunisia in the last 36 years and that was Afcon 2004 Semifinals where Nigeria lost 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Rades.

Full Round of 16 draws

🇧🇫 Burkina Faso vs Gabon 🇬🇦
🇳🇬 Nigeria vs Tunisia 🇹🇳
🇬🇳 Guinea vs Gambia 🇬🇲
🇨🇲 Cameroon vs Comoros 🇰🇲
🇸🇳 Senegal vs Cape Verde 🇨🇻
🇲🇦 Morocco vs Malawi 🇲🇼
🇨🇮 Ivory Coast vs Egypt 🇪🇬
🇲🇱 Mali vs Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶

The battle lines have been drawn!

The game will be played at the Stade Roumdé Adija, Garoua, Cameroon on Sunday 23rd January, 2022 with the Kick-off time set for 8:00pm Nigerian time.