Afcon 2019:Tunisia and Nigeria fight for bronze

Author: CAF Online
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After stumbling in the penultimate hurdle of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019, Tunisia and Nigeria are looking for reconciliation at 7pm  when they face each other at the Cairo based Al Salam Stadium in the third place playoff.

Tunisia lost to Senegal 0-1 after extra-time, while Nigeria conceded a last minute goal to fall 1-2 to Algeria in the semifinal.

The Carthage Eagles reached the semifinal for the first time since winning the title at home in 2004, but couldn’t take the final step.

Tunisia started on a slow note with three draws in the group stage- 1-1 with Angola in their first match, and goalless against  Mali and Mauritania.

 In the Round of 16, they needed penalties to oust Ghana after a 1-1 draw, and in the quarterfinals, it was all one way traffic to defeat Madagascar 3-0.

However,  they had to deal with a heartbreak in the penultimate round losing to Senegal 1-0 after extra-time.

The Carthage Eagles missed a penalty in the second half, and were declined another by VAR, before  heading in an own goal to  give way to Senegal to play in the grand finale while they fight for the bronze medals  in today’s match.

Meanwhile, three time champions, Nigeria, wished to add a new star on their green jersey, but their campaign was cut short at the semifinal.

The Super Eagles started their campaign by  defeating Burundi 1-0,  defeated Guinea with the same result in their second group match, before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to debutantes Madagascar.

 Nigeria then defeated title holders Cameroon 3-2 in the Round of 16 and in  the quarterfinals, they defeated South Africa 2-1, but their way was stopped at the semifinal with a 2-1 defeat to Algeria.

They will now face Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles to fight for a place on the podium.