The Super Eagles of Nigeria will clash with Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in their group stage second round of the African Nations Championship RWANDA 2016.
Nigeria started their CHAN campaign on the right foot with a comfortable 4-1 over Niger in their Group C opener. However, this time their mission might not be that easy against the CHAN 2011 champions.
Tunisia played 2-2 with Guinea in their opener. Therefore, they will be desperate for their first three points of the tournament and with striker Ahmed Akaichi in top-form with two goals against Guinea, Nigeria defense should be alert of the Tunisian‘s speedy and skillfull strikers.
Nigeria‘s attack is also a force to to be reckoned with; coach Sunday Oliseh will probably use striker Adeniji in place of Chikatara who despite entering as a subtitute during Niger match, scored a hattrick in the second half. Prince and Okoro will provide support from the flanks
Tunisia will be hoping to grab a maximum three points against the Super Eagles in order to boost their chances of making it to the next round after a worrisome 2-2 draw against debutants Guinea in their first game.
Tunisia are one of the few teams yet to lose a game since the inception of the competition – and they would be buoyed by this to stop the rampant Nigerians.
Henryk Kasperczak‘s team boast of players from the top Tunisia clubs and the man to watch out for is Etoile du Sahel‘s forward Ahmed Akaichi who scored a brace in their first game against Guinea.
For Nigeria, they will be hoping to book an early flight to the quarter final after a commanding 4-1 defeat of Niger Republic in Kigali.
The Super Eagles must improve on their first half performance and be more clinical in front of goal. And they should be wary of the skillful north Africans whose strength is in their counter attacking play.
Usman Mohammed is expected to start. Despite his hat-trick, star Chikatara will be benched against Tunisia as Tunde Adeniji is the preferred striker by coach Sunday Oliseh in his 4-2-3-1 formation.
Tunisia (4-3-3): Ali Jemal, Ali Maaloul, Ali Mechan, Derbali Zied, Iheb Mbarki, Abdelkader Oueslati, Ahmed Khalil, Karim Aouadhi, Ahmed Akaichi, Ahmed Hosni, Edem Rjaibi.
Nigeria (4-2-3-1): Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Okagbue, Jamiu Alimi, Matthew Akas, Ifeanyi Matthew, Usman Mohammed, Tunde Adeniji, Osas Okoro, Ezekiel Bassey, Prince Aggreh
After losing 2-1 to Uganda in the semi-final, at the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, Nigeria took on Tunisia in the third place match. The match was abandoned after Tunisia walked off in the 42nd minute with the score tied at 1-1, protesting against the officiating. Nigeria were awarded a 2-0 win, and Tunisia were banned from CAF competitions for two years.
Nigeria met Tunisia for the second time at the Africa Cup of Nations, when it was co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana in 2000.
Tunisia hosted the Cup of Nations for the third time (previously hosted in 1965 and 1994). After navigating their way up to the semi-final, Tunisia squared up against an Austin Okocha-led Nigerian side. Tunisia went on to win the game 5-3 on penalty shootout after Osaze Odemwingie missed for Nigeria.
The 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, saw Nigeria and Tunisia cross path for the third time in four editions. It was in the quarter-finals, with Nigeria taking a sixth minute lead through Obinna Nsofor. But in the 49th minute, Karim Haggui, drew Tunisia level. The game went into penalty shootout after regulation time had ended 1-1. Nigeria avenged their 2004 defeat by winning 6-5, thanks to the heroics of Vincent Enyeama.
Kickoff time – Tunisia Vs Nigeria 2pm Nigerian time
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