AFCON: Eguaveon wary of the Carthage Eagles

AFCON: Eguaveon wary of the Carthage Eagles

Interim coach Austin Eguaveon said Tunisia remains one of the strongest teams in Africa, despite qualifying for the Afcon last 16 as one of four best losers.

 


The Super Eagles will face the North Africans in round 16 of the African Cup of Nations, and the winner of the tie will advance to the last eight.

 

While the Super Eagles qualified as Group D winner with a maximum of nine points, Tunish endured a difficult Group phase — finishing third in Group F, behind Gambia and Mali.

 

Speaking about the game, Eguaveon insisted that, the Group performance isn’t important anymore as the knock-out phase would be a different ball game.

 

“They (Tunisia) had ups and downs in their first game which ended in dramatic fashion, they’ve lost two penalties, lost two games as well in open play, yesterday they lost narrowly towards the end of the game,” Eguaveon said ahead of the game.

 

“For them having qualified for the knockout stage is going to be a different ball game because in round of 16 if you don’t get it you are off and if you get it you are through to the quarter-finals.

 

“It’s going to be a very different game because they are technically very good and they are fast as well typical North African team. So we will find a way to see how to counter them and come top at the end of the day.”

 

Nigeria will battle Tunisia in one of the Round 16 ties on Sunday, 23 January at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, 8:00 pm kickoff time.

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