The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia were reduced to ordinary birds as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Nigeria in the third place playoffs of the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria took the lead in the third minute of the game when Odion Ighalo latched onto a loose ball after Tunisia goal keeper Ben Cherifia and Yacine Merriah made a mess of Jamilu Collin’s low cross.
Sassi had a chance at goal moments later but his trickery did not earn him much after he missed by few inches.
Anice Badri failed to score from a similar situation moments before Ighalo picked up a minor injury and had to be replaced by Victor Osimhen.
Tunisia almost got the equalizer after the break but substitute Firas Chaouat only found the side net despite his good link up play with Khadzri.
Goalkeeper Ben Cherefia was tested more in the second half and responded superbly.
He parried Osimhen’s diagonaly sliced shot before denying Nigeria a second after turning out two well taken free-kicks from Samuel Kalu.
Nigeria endured late pressure from the Tunisian side that had seen more of the ball the entire game, but were unlucky to find no goals as the game ended in favor of the super eagles who won bronze.
Senegal will take on Algeria on the 19th of July in the 2019 African Cup of Nations final.
Story by: Dampte-Larbi Godfred|Univers Sports|universnewsroom.com