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Nigeria 4 – 1 Tunisia: Super Eagles Superior To Carthage Eagles In AFCON Head-To-Head

Nigeria 4 – 1 Tunisia: Super Eagles  Superior To Carthage Eagles In AFCON Head-To-Head

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisiain the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The heavyweight clash between the two former AFCON champions will take place at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Sunday, January 23 2022.

Ahead of the match, Completesports.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI reveals how both teams have fared against each other in their previous AFCON matches.

TUNISIA 0 – 2 NIGERIA (1978 AFCON, 3rd-Place Match/ Nigeria awarded the game)


The first time Nigeria and Tunisia met at the Africa Cup of Nations was in the third-place match of the 1978 edition in Ghana.

Mohamed Ali Akid put the Tunisians 1-0 ahead before Baba Otu Mohamed equalized for Nigeria in the 42nd minute.

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Following Nigeria’s equalizer, the match was abandoned after Tunisia walked off protesting unfair officiating. Nigeria were awarded a 2–0 win, and Tunisia were banned from the next tournament in 1980.

NIGERIA 4-2 TUNISIA (AFCON 2000, Group Stage)

Both countries did not meet again at the AFCON until the group stage of the 2000 tournament co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

The Eagles triumphed 4-2 thanks to Austin Okocha and Victor Ikpeba who both had a brace while Sami Trabelsi and Adel Sellimi scored for Tunisia.

Nwankwo Kanu, who was handed the 1999 Africa Player of the Year award before the game, provided three assists.

TUNISIA 5 – 3 NIGERIA pen. (2004 AFCON, Semi-finals)

Tunisia recorded their first and only AFCON win over the Eagles when they (Tunisia) hosted the competition in 2004.

Played inside the Stade 7 November in Rades, Tunisia won 5-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of football ended 1-1.

Austin Okocha opened scoring from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, following a foul on Nwankwo Kanu.

Tunisia got a penalty of their own in the 82nd minute which was converted by Khaled Badra.

And in the shootout Tunisia converted all their five kicks while Osaze Odemwingie missed his kick.

NIGERIA 6 – 5 TUNISIA pen. (2006 AFCON, Q/finals )

The two teams met again in the 2006 tournament hosted by Egypt with the Eagles avenging their defeat in 2004.

Under the current interim coach, Austine Eguavoen, Nigeria won 6-5 on penalties after regulation time was tied at 1-1.

Obinna Nsofor gave Nigeria the lead in the sixth minute but Karim Haggui equalized for Tunisia in the 49th minute.

Vincent Enyeama was the hero for the Eagles after saving four penalties in the game. He stopped a spot kick in the first half to maintain Nigeria’s lead before making three saves in the shootout.

NIGERIA 1 – 0 TUNISIA (2019 AFCON, 3rd-Placed Match)

The last time both teams met at the AFCON was the third-place match at Egypt 2019 with Nigeria emerging 1-0 winners.

Gernot Rohr was in charge as the three-time AFCON winners edged Tunisia 1-0 thanks to Odion Ighalo’s third minute goal.

It was Ighalo’s fifth goal of the tournament which earned him the top scorers award.

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  • I told some folks few days that the match wasn’t anything to lose sleep over, it remains so. Tunisia is even fortunate that Odion Ighalo is unavoidably absent.

  • Richie 8 months ago

    Mehn, I just watched a playback of that Nig-Tun match from Gha/Nig ’00 AFCON…mehn, never knew Okocha was that deadly from open play oo (not even from free kicks sef 😀 )…..if you haven’t watched it, check it out on YouTube today lol…JayJay with a sweet brace, plus Papilo with a world-class assist to Ikpeba for one the other golazos lol….little wonder both men won African POTY during that period, no surprises

  • Dr Banks 8 months ago

    Guys it’s Ghana vs Nigeria for the final WC qualifier, hopefully we shall conquer

  • Dr Banks 8 months ago


  • OmoGold 8 months ago

    Black stars will fall when they meet Eagles home or away. “I bleed green”.

  • This is why I don’t like Nigerian journalists. This is just dumb and extremely uninformed. Steeped in nothing but parochial and nationalistic hissicuff. Tunisia is NOT inferior to the SE. The results of the Group stages mean nothing now. It’s all zeros for everyone and the SE will be foolish to buy into this useless junk you wrote here!

    • pompei 8 months ago

      Chairman, hissicuff no be english word. E no dey dictionary.

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    I won’t make any prediction but by God’s grace, we will carry the day.

    Coach Eguavoen should use is best players to win the match tomorrow.

    He should learn from the mistakes he made in this tournament. No Osimhen but the idea should be the next in form to Osimhen which happened to be Dessers but the coach humbled and the strikers he opted have been struggling to scoring goals.

    The slot he wasted for his personal agenda, Ighalo is affecting the team in this tournament but luckily, we are have been winning so far.

    On this one, I won’t pity him because I have warned him before the Afcon but he didn’t listen.

    As we are heading to tomorrow match, he should bench Sodiq and bring in Olayinka.

    Quota system shouldn’t be allowed this time around. Mr. No nonsense should put his name first and if not, NFF will tarnish his reputation.

    We are ready to face any team in this tournament. It may not be easy against Algeria because it has never been easy to play against Algeria. But God is in control no shaking. Up Super Eagles. Up Nigeria. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Ebenzy 8 months ago

      Algeria is already out of Afcon. Guess you meant Tunisia

    • Brother man 8 months ago

      You & this your Algeria, we’re playing Tunisia.

      • Omo9ja 8 months ago

        Thanks for your correction @Brother man.

        @Pompei, you with this dodo. I knew it. You and your company were pretending as if you happy with the performances of our own but deep down inside you people, hmmm. Oga Rohr is gone for good. There’s nothing we can do about that.

        I promised you people total football, our own did it.

        Just watch out for Super Eagles in this tournament. We want to rule Africa first then we will take it to the world at large in Qatar.

        My man Pompei, it is not too late to support our own. Oga Rohr himself doesn’t have a choice but to support our own. When was the last you watched Super Eagles playing like this?

        The best coach in the tournament so far? Kai, I am proud of you Mr. No nonsense. The only thing you Oga Rohr should do if I were you people, I will just say am sorry to you Nigerians for my mistakes and now, I am ready to support our own. Anything less than this is not acceptable from you again Rohr fans.

        Good luck to Super Eagles in today’s match. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • pompei 8 months ago

      Let’s hope Mr. No nonsense eats sweet dodo for breakfast. It will help him to read the match well.

  • Yusuf 8 months ago

    Insha Allah we Nigeria will beat Tunisia flawless

  • EGYPTIAN-GOD 8 months ago