Early Ighalo goal secures CAN 2019 bronze for Super Eagles

Early Ighalo goal secures CAN 2019 bronze for Super Eagles

Although the prospect of a third-place finish is rather underwhelming given how close they were to a final spot, Rohr insists he is not disappointed by Nigeria's showing, pointing out how they shaded Algeria in several areas last time out.

Nigeria are battling Tunisia for the bronze medal of the competition after both teams failed to win their semi-final matches.

Nigeria have never lost a third-place match at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in Ethiopia in 1976 (against Guinea), Ghana in 1978 (against Tunisia), Senegal in 1992 (against Cameroon), Mali in 2002 (against Mali), Tunisia in 2004 (against Mali), Egypt in 2006 (against Senegal) and Angola in 2010 (against Algeria).

Then Cup holders Tunisia shot into a comfortable lead during the penalty shoot-out following another 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time at the El Masry Stadium in Port Said. "We have a very young team, we're making progress and perhaps we lacked a bit of clear-sightedness (against Algeria) but we're moving forward", Rohr said.

"The match will be very hard physical and technical wise and would try everything we could to achieve the third place". - Ighalo has been involved in five goals in the 2019 AFCON (four goals, one assist), more than any other player. "I can't say that all my players are perfectly fit, we have few time to know how ready the players are", Alain Giresse, coach for Tunisia remarked.

On the face of it, Tunisia are 20 places above Nigeria in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, sitting 25th, and had a slightly less agonising form of AFCON heartbreak in that they did not lose to the last kick of the game.

"But I have to be professional and continue to support the team".

For three-time champions, Nigeria outwitted newcomers Burundi 1-0.

There was an extraordinary conclusion when these two last met to decide third place. The third-place match was tied 1-1 when the Tunisian team left the field in the 42nd minute in protest of the officiating.

The fight for the bronze medal will be held at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on 17 June 2019. The match starts at 19:00 GMT.

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