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AFCON 2021: Bad Day for Super Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations as they lost to a more determined Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the round of 16 match played in Garoua, Cameroun.

The three times champions were the clear favourites having won all group stage matches while Tunisia lost twice and made it through as one of the best losers.

The Tunisians were also ravaged by Covid-19 with 11 players, including their captain out and the head coach.

Nigeria could not muster a clear chance while the Tunisians tested our goal furiously in the first half.

The Tunisians were rewarded in the 47th minute while the player Youssef Msakni was given enough space to shoot from afar to beat sprawling Maduka Okoye for the only goal of the match.

Alex Iwobi got the marching orders just seven minutes after he came on as a substitute after VAR reviewed a challenge to compound the Super Eagles woes.

Tunisia will now face Burkina Faso in the quarter-final after they won on penalty shoot out against Gabon after the match ended 1-1 in regulation and extra time.

Pinnick Praises Eagles’ Endeavour as Gallant Squad Exits 33rd AFCON

. Says Nigeria’s focus already on FIFA World Cup play-off

Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Sunday commended the efforts of the Super Eagles despite a 0-1 loss to Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 match in Garoua.

“We are proud of the efforts of the players. They gave their all and tried very hard to win even when they had numerical disadvantage. It was just not our day.

“I want to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for his love, support and encouragement to the team while they were in the championship. I also praise the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare for his interest and attention in the progress of the team. Losing at this stage is painful but we take solace in the great spirit with which the team approached its four matches in Cameroon, out of which it won three.

“The focus and attention will now shift to the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana in March. We want to assure Nigerians that we will prepare even harder for those two matches to get the job done.”

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