Nigeria secured third place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Odion Ighalo’s early strike proved to be the difference between themselves and Tunisia, handing the Super Eagles their eighth third-place finish in the tournament.
Ighalo netted his fifth goal of the tournament just three minutes into the match after Ahmed Musa’s left wing cross was palmed away by Moez Ben Cherifia, but his save rebounded off Yassine Meriah to hand the Shanghai Shenhua striker the simplest of tap-ins.
Tunisia grew into the match but were wasteful in front of goal, failing to hit the target with any of their shots on target during the first period. Nigeria were handed a huge blow just before the whistle blew for half time, however, with goalscorer Ighalo forced off with a suspected hamstring injury to cut his tournament short.
A first shot on target for the Eagles of Carthage finally came in the 57th minute, as Anice Badri struck an effort from 30 yards which Nigeria ‘keeper Francis Uzoho held comfortably.
The Eagles of Carthage pressed for an equaliser in a bid to force a penalty shootout, but a lack of quality in the final third ultimately cost them as Nigeria extended their record of third-place play off victories to eight from eight.