Nigeria coach sends warning to stars

African Football

Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavoen has warned his players that Tunisia will be a tough opponent despite scraping into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Tunisians were one of the four best third-place finishers in the group stage phase despite losing two of their group games.

The Super Eagles, meanwhile, were the only nation to have won all three group matches at the campaign, but Eguavoen is well aware of the threat posed by Eagles of Carthage.

“Congratulations to our team and now it is clear that we are taking on Tunisia – which is another strong team from North Africa,” Eguavoen told NFF media.

“They had ups and downs. Their first game ended in a dramatic fashion, they lost two penalties in two games as well.

Read: CAF confirm African WC play-off ties

“[Against Gambia], they lost narrowly towards the end of the game.

“For them having qualified for the knockout stage, it’s a different ball game. It’s the knockout phase and if you don’t get it, you are off and if we get it, we are through to the quarter-final.

“It’s going to be a very different game. Tunisia are a technically good team and they are fast as well.

“We will find a way to counter them and see how we will come on top at the end of the game.”

Here are 11 most valuable players at the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Afcon Team of the Group Stage

Nigeria coach sends warning to stars

'Grealish was waiting for Romeu in the tunnel'