AFCON 2021: Panic for Nigeria As Super Eagles Get Tough Opponent in Round of 16

AFCON 2021: Panic for Nigeria As Super Eagles Get Tough Opponent in Round of 16

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Super Eagles of Nigeria will continue their quest for a fourth continental title when they face Tunisia in the Round of 16
  • With a 100 per cent record from Group D, Augustine Eguavoen's men will face off with the Carthage Eagles who finished third in Group F
  • Tunisia are among the best losers to be considered for the knockout phase, having managed just three points from three matches

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will trade tackles with Tunisia in the Round of 16 at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Having emerged table toppers in Group D, Nigeria are billed to take on the third-placed Group F team as the Carthage Eagles occupied that spot after the final matches of the preliminary rounds are concluded on Thursday.

Tunisia finished the preliminary rounds with 3 points as they were defeated 1-0 by Gambia who finished second position with 7 points in Group F, behind Mali who defeated Mauritania 2-0 to win the group with 7 points and a better goal difference.

Nigeria vs Tunisia
Super Eagles face-off with Tunisia at AFCON 2021 Round of 16. Photo: Getty Images
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Round of 16 fixtures

Burkina Faso vs Gabon

Ivory coast vs Egypt

Morocco vs Malawi

Senegal vs Cape Verde

Cameroon vs Comoros

Mali vs Equatorial Guinea

Guinea vs Gambia

Nigeria vs Tunisia

Algeria crash out of AFCON 2021

Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria have bowed out of the 2021 edition of the tournament following their 3-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in their final Group E fixture.

The Desert Foxes needed nothing short of victory during the Thursday evening, January 20, encounter for a chance to progress to the next round of the continental tournament.

This is after they kicked off the competition on a frustrating note, managing just a point in two of their opening fixtures.

Algeria ends their campaign bottom of the pool with just a point, with Ivory Coast progressing as group winners with seven points.

Kanu Nwankwo tips Nigeria for AFCON glory

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Nigerian international Kanu Nwankwo has stated that the current Super Eagles squad can lift the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations title in Cameroon.

The former Arsenal star is reacting to Nigeria’s outstanding performance in the group stage of the competition following a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday night.

Reacting, the Atlanta Olympic gold medalist, in a tweet via his Twitter handle after the game, wrote:

“KAN U believe it? The afcon group stage is over. Nigeria with the clean sheet."

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.