Match Time:7/18/2019 03:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Tunisia and Nigeria will meet at the third place final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations. Tunisia's performance in this tournament has been disappointing until their 3:0 victory, despite failing to dominate the game, against Madagascar. Tunisia's excessive reliance on key player Wahbi Khazri has been detrimental to the team's result. In their semi-final clash against Senegal, out-of-form Wahbi Khazri did little to threaten opposition's goal. Eventually, they went out of luck as a missed penalty and goalkeeper Mouez Hassen's deadly mistake in additional time unfortunately costed them the chance of advancing to the final.
Having failed to impress in the group stages, Nigeria's performance has improved a lot since reaching the knock out stages as they become more courageous in attack. After a 3:2 victory against Cameroon, Nigeria went on to beat South Africa 2:1 in the quarter-final. However, Riyad Mahrez's double crushed Nigeria's hope to reach the final. Despite having a mouth-watering attacking trio in Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi, it was Nigeria's shaky defense that costed them.
Having scored 4 goals already in the tournament, Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo will surely be aiming to further extend his tally. It will also be a great opportunity to bid farewell to veteran John Obi Mikel as the ex-Chelsea player's international career comes to an end. Ultimately, Nigeria's superiority in terms of attacking quality and fighting spirit should give them the extra edge over Tunisia.
Tunisia VS Nigeria