Nigeria players celebrate their only goal against Egypt (Credit: CAF) Credit: CAF
  • Sunday January 23, 2021
  • Roumde Adjia stadium, Garoua 10pm (EAT)

Perfect Nigeria will be eager to overcome Tunisia in the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations when the two face off in the Round of 16 in Garoua.

The Super Eagles are the only side that ended the group stage with maximum points and will want to continue their form against the Carthage Eagles who only won just once – 4-0 against minnows Mauritania.

In fact, the 2004 champions only qualified to this stage as one of the third best placed teams with only 3 points after losses to Mali and debutants Gambia.

What they said

Augustine Eguavoen (Coach, Nigeria)

We topped our group with maximum points, but this is a totally different story, and the players and technical staff know this well. We are not done with what we had in the group. We will work together for the coming steps. We plan to go as far as possible. Being named best coach of the group stage was because of the players. They make coaches win.

Tunisia deserved to qualify, and we respect each other. We both have the same target which is to win and qualify. We will continue to work in the same way.

Aissa Laidouni (Midfielder, Tunisia)

We all play for the team. We just focus on the competition and how to work. We don’t think of the problems. Our focus is the game, and we will do our best to win. We were not good enough against Gambia and were punished at the end. We took the lesson and will correct our mistakes and give our best. This is past now and our focus is what’s coming.

We fear no one and come the game; you will find soldiers giving their all.

Key Stat

They last met in the third place match in Egypt 2019, with Nigeria prevailing 1-0 on the day.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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