Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

AFCON 2019: Nigeria beat Tunisia, win bronze

AFCON 2019: Nigeria beat Tunisia, win bronze

Nigeria were worthy winners on a night where the Super Eagles played with little inhibition with Tunisia offering little in a placid evening for Nigerian keeper Francis Uzoho.

The two might have targeted the ultimate but painful solitary defeats in the semi-final means they now have to settle for either third or fourth.

Tunisia's semi-final was similarly close, as they were defeated 1-0 by Senegal thanks to a Dylan Bronn own goal in extra time.

"Of course, we wanted to reach the final, but now we focus on the third-place match".

After failing to progress to AFCON 2019 final following a 1-2 loss to Algeria's Desert Warriors last weekend, the Super Eagles started the third place contest brightly, with Odion Ighalo netting a 3rd minute opener.

It will be interesting to see how Rohr will psych his boys after the defeat on Sunday but he is expected to field a similar squad like he did on Sunday.

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Nigeria have finished third eight times and have won the trophy three times, the last coming in 2013. "We will also be playing for him", midfielder Pape Alioune Ndiaye told reporters after the extra-time triumph at the 30 June Stadium. "We'll try everything we can to finish third".

Godwin Bamigboye, the FCT Chapter Chairman of Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), said Rohr and his technical crew colleagues need to reinforce the team for the third-place match. "That said, we will work together on what needs to be improved upon". "A wonderful free-kick made the difference".

Aiming to maintain their ideal record in AFCON third-place play-offs, Nigeria were presented with the lead when Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia and defender Yassine Meriah combined to tee up Ighalo.

The Serie A defender had an excellent game at the heart of Nigeria's defence. He has completed 93.3 per cent of his dribbles in the 2019 event, the highest ratio among players with more than five dribbles attempted.

However, former Watford striker Ighalo should still be fired up for this consolation prize, as he leads the Golden Boot race on four goals.

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