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Nigeria vs Tunisia: How The Super Eagles Got Knocked Out of AFCON

Sunday’s Nigeria vs Tunisia match was one of those Afcon fixtures you just don’t see coming. Despite their brilliant performance in the group stage of the Afcon 2021, the Super Eagles were unable to carry forward their winning streak to the next round. In one of the biggest upsets of the season, Nigeria were defeated 1-0 by Tunisia in Round 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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The Super Eagles started their Afcon Round 16 match strong with 11 players. Within 30 seconds of the start of the match, the team scored their first corner kick by Moses Simon. The rest of the first half had its twists and turns but ended without a goal from either side.

It was in the second half that the tables completely turned. Within a couple of minutes of the second round, Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni managed to drive a shot that got the better of Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, resulting in the game’s first and only goal. This was also the first time Nigeria were behind this season.

Things only got worse from there. Within 5 minutes of playing, Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi received a red card because of a dangerous tackle and got expelled from the game. After that, Tunisia made it their goal to lose time while putting on a strong defense so as not to give Nigeria a chance to score.

The Eagles of Carthage went into the match minus 7 of their key players, who had tested positive for COVID-19. They were also under the management of assistant coach Jalal Qaderi instead of head coach, Mondher Kebaier, so winning a match against one of this season’s toughest opponents was quite a feat. But the team fought till the end and managed to gain a victory that’s sure to go down as one of the most remarkable wins in Afcon history.

The Super Eagles will return home disappointed. However, we hope the team will have enough time to prepare for their World Cup play-offs in March.

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