Odion Ighalo scored his fifth goal of AFCON 2019 in the Third-Place match against Tunisia to set himself firmly in the race for the tournament’s top scorer award and the third minute strike proved just enough for the Super Eagles to win their 8th AFCON bronze medal, Completesports.com reports.
Ola Aina accelerated down the left and delivered a low cross into the area but the Tunisian goalkeeper spilled the ball and it eluded his defender for Ighalo to poke home.
Ighalo later sustained an injury at the stroke of half time and made a premature exit. He was replaced by Victor Osimhen for the second half.
The Super Eagles dominated the first period but could not take advantage of their possession to double their lead.
After the break,the Carthage Eagles poured out in numbers, encamping in the Nigerian area in a bid to draw level.
But it was Samuel Chukwueze who had the best chance of the half to increase the Super Eagles lead on 63 minutes. The Villarreal winger’s terrific shot from outside the box was finger-tipped into corner by the full stretched Tunisian goalkeeper.
The Super Eagles again came close to scoring a second goal. Samuel Kalu who had just come on for Samuel Chukwueze fired a free-kick from distance only for the goalkeeper to tip the looping ball over for a corner-kick.
It was Kalu’s first contribution in the game. He was to test the goalkeeper again on the dot of time with a free-kick on the edge of the box but the goaltender went down enough to make a save.
By Adeboye Amosu (pix: by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Cairo