The African Cup of Nations has progressed from the group stages and now off to the round-of-16, a stage in which boys will be separated from men.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria after qualifying as winners of Group D will go on to battle the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia who finished in Group F as one of the best third-placed teams.
The Super Eagles have been off to a flying start so far in the competition winning all of their 3 group matches. The adventure started against Egypt where they took their first three points, the Super Eagles went on to defeat Sudan and Guinea-Bissau to emerge as winners of Group D. They were also the only team to finish the group stage with nine maximum points.
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia walked into the knockouts on thin ropes as they were close to missing out on round-of-16 qualification after losing their last game to Gambia. They had to rely on one of the third-place qualification slots to go through.
Nigeria vs Tunisia Head-to-Head
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia have faced off on international level a total of 20 times. They’ve shared the spoils on eight occasions. Both sides have 6 wins apiece against each other.
In fact, Tunisia have not won against Nigeria in their last six matches and their most recent encounter which came in a friendly match in 2020 ended in a draw.
At the AFCON, the North African outfit and Nigeria have locked horns three times since the 2000 edition of the championship. Nigeria suffered a harrowing loss on penalties to Tunisia in the semi-final in the 2004 edition where Tunisia would go on to lift the trophy. The Super Eagles in 2006 didn’t give Tunisia a chance as they did payback, thus defeating them in the quarter-final although they wouldn’t go on to win the tourney that time.
Tunisia and Nigeria went head-to-head again in a third-place match during AFCON 2019. It ended In victory for the Eagles as Odion Ighalo’s third minute goal settled the game.
Tunisia will have to put up a big performance to topple Augustine Eguavoen’s Nigeria. The odds favour the Super Eagles of Nigeria to go through. The winner would go on to face Burkina Faso or Gabon.
The match between Nigeria and Tunisia at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will start at 8:00pm (WAT).