Nigeria’s Super Eagles Seek A Record Fourth Bronze Medal Against Tunisia

AFCON Preview: Tunisia vs. Nigeria - Rohr Not Disheartened As Super Eagles Go For Third

The only previous time both Eagles have clashed in the third place match of the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1978, but the encounter in Accra did not end as the Tunisians abandoned the match following Segun Odegbami's equalizer late in the first half.

"It was an energy-sapping game and we didn't deserve to lose the way we did", Pascal told Goal.

"So, losing to them is not a shame and we have to be positive as we want to finish this competition well together".

Since the day Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Algeria in the semifinal of AFCON 2019, there have been reports that Gernot Rohr would be sacked after the championship.

"We were all expecting them to put up a good fight like they did against the South Africans and they didn't".

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.

Having gone into extra time twice so far, coach Alain Giresse accepts his side might be struggling with fatigue, suggesting Nigeria may have a physical edge on Wednesday.

We will keep focused in the third-place playoff and hope to sign off with a happy result.

"The match will be very hard physical and technical wise and would try everything we could to achieve the third place". The third-place match was tied 1-1 when the Tunisian team left the field in the 42nd minute in protest of the officiating. "I can't say all my players are perfectly fit, we have a little time to know how ready the players are".

The 2019 AFCON has been a bag of mixed fortunes for Nigeria and Tunisia.

Tunisian midfielder, Mohamed Drager, buttressed the coach's assertions promising that they will try everything they could to win the third place play off against Nigeria to make up for the defeat to Senegal. It was in 1962 against Uganda (3-0). The Super Eagles can become the team with the most third-place games played in the tournament (seven).

Odion Ighalo equalised with a penalty for the Super Eagles, with the spot-kick awarded for handball after a VAR review. The striker has been involved in 63 per cent of Nigeria's goals in this edition (five of eight).

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