Nigeria Beat Tunisia To Win AFCON Bronze Medal

Samuel Chukwueze- Nigeria

Tunisia had little to offer in attack and it took 57 minutes before they had a goal attempt on target.

"The statistics were even better for us, because we had 11 shots on goal, they had only six".

Tunisia fought hard for an equaliser in the keenly watched match but Nigeria defended the lone goal to return with at least a medal.

The 36 year-old, who debuted on the worldwide scene eight years ago, recently served as fourth official in Nigeria's AFCON 2019 semi-final defeat to Algeria.

Nigeria then defeated title-holders Cameroon 3-2 in the Round of 16.

Francis Uzoho is expected to replace Daniel Akpeyi between the posts while Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins could both make way after finding the going tough against Algeria. The loss would have been shattering for Nigeria as they conceded in the 5th minute of injury time in the second half.

At the end of the encounter Ekong help Nigeria win the bronze medal at the biennial tournament and was also named the man-of-the-match.

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Forward Odion Ighalo scored early in the first-half; inside the opening three minutes, and it proved to be enough for a win, albeit the game was pale.

"The players and technical team officials were provided with all they needed for the tournament, and they had adequate preparation time".

The Eagles of Carthage pressed for an equaliser in a bid to force a penalty shootout, but a lack of quality in the final third ultimately cost them as Nigeria extended their record of third-place play off victories to eight from eight.

The game which will be played at the Al-Salam Stadium Cairo will kick off at 8pm.

Ghilane Chaalali bundled himself into shooting range as full-time approached, though a weak effort wide of the upright was all he could muster as Tunisia ended their tournament with a whimper.

"Though third-place is a consolation for us, but it is becoming too much".

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