This Sunday evening, Tunisia achieved a feat by eliminating Nigeria from CAN 2021. The Carthage Eagles now want to believe it.
Is Tunisia the team of the big meetings? After a rather average group stage, during which the Eagles of Carthage finished third in their group, the players of Mondher Kebaier definitively launched their African Cup of Nations by overcoming one of the favorites of the competition. : Nigeria.
The Super Eagles had finished first in their group, ahead of Egypt in particular, after having chained three victories. Suffice to say that the round of XNUMX which was looming last night was to be a mere formality. But very quickly, the Super Eagles noticed that they were facing a reinvigorated team.
Because Tunisia, drafted because it was part of the best third of the hens had, until now, not really shone. The fault of an average game, but also of Covid-19: a dozen players had tested positive. The Eagles of Carthage had finally won only one match and Tunisian fans did not see their selection shine.
Msakni achieves the feat
However, it is Tunisia that will face Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals on January 29th. Thanks to a goal from Youssef Msakni. The Tunisian captain completed a superb play with a fake shot, before unleashing a powerful shot that deceived the Nigerian goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, who made a slight mistake with his hand.
This Sunday, nothing was going well for Nigeria: when bringing in Alex Iwobi, Nigerian coach Augustine Eguavoen was far from imagining that his replacement would only stay on the pitch for five minutes. Indeed, after a sole on Msakni, Iwobi was directly excluded after intervention of the video arbitration. And if Moses Simon almost equalized, Tunisia finally got out of the Nigerian trap, brilliantly.
Nigeria will now have to focus on their play-off match for the World Cup against Ghana. As for Tunisia, it continues its course at the CAN. And given last night's game, many specialists see the Carthage Eagles as serious contenders to lift the trophy.