Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has dropped Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi for World Cup goalkeeper Francis Uzoho who is yet to taste action in the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
Chidozie Awaziem is also going to be out of the game due to suspension and he will be replaced by Torino’s Ola Aina who has deputized excellently for the Eagles at left-back.
Ighalo’s position as tournament top scorer looks precarious despite his gutsy penalty against Algeria. The Shanghai Shenhua striker leads the way with four goals so far but is just one ahead of Mahrez, Algeria teammate Adam Ounas and Senegal’s Mane, all of whom are expected to take part in Friday’s final.
Meanwhile, Giresse could freshen up his side following their extra-time endeavors against Senegal. Defensive midfielder Ferjani Sassi is an option should the coach opt for a more guarded approach against opponents capable of potency, while new prospects such as 18-year-old Leverkusen midfielder Marc Lamti could be brought in.
Tunisia possible starting lineup:
Mouez; Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi, Khazri; Sassi, Lamti, Skhiri; B Mohamed, Msakni, Khenissi
Nigeria starting lineup:
Akpeyi; Ekong, Omeruo, Ola Aina, Collins; Ndidi, Musa, Etebo; Chukwueze, Iwobi; Ighalo