Super Eagles will tomorrow night face Tunisia for a place in the quarterfinal of the AFCON. Which of the Eagles will fly highest on the night?
Tunisia have struggled with Covid cases in camp as well as with their finishing as they have lost three penalties over three games including one of by their top star Wahbi Khazri, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne.
The heavy pressure is on the coach, but he is not the one to score the penalties.
The game against Super Eagles will be hugely difficult for Tunisia, who have not been convincing.
They lost two of their group matches including against debutants and the lowest raked team at the AFCON, Gambia.
Super Eagles have been the most convincing team so far at this tournament, outclassing Egypt in their opening game.
It will be an uphill task for Tunisia to beat Nigeria.
Augustine Eguavoen has proved once again that African coaches are doing a better job than their European counterparts and I hope the Super Eagles stick with him for the World Cup playoffs instead of hiring a foreign coach.
Nigeria showed they really have a strong squad even when they rested eight players against Guinea Bissau in their last group game.
They were fantastic. They dominated the game from start to finish.
They won maximum points in the group, conceded only a goal and that was even a penalty against Sudan.
Everybody is talking about Moses Simon, he’s having a great tournament, also Samuel Chukwueze is a good winger.
Nigeria really have a very strong team. There are very positive vibes in the Nigerian camp and they look concentrated.
The main problem with Nigeria football over the past few years was concentration – they start a tournament very well, like at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, where they won their first two matches before they lost to Madagascar.
This time, they look very focused. They want the title and I think they are real contenders.
They will give Tunisia a tough fight.
There have been surprises at this AFCON with shock results by the lower ranked teams, but Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and Morocco look good to go through.
The Round of 16 match to watch is Egypt vs Cote d’Ivoire.
BY AMR FAHMY