AFCON 2019: Super Eagles clinch bronze

Nigeria has won its eighth African Cup of Nations (AFCON) third-place match to become the highest victor of the bronze laurel anywhere on the continent.

"With this fair result from this tournament, I hope this could be a starting point for preparing a more stronger Super Eagles for the tournaments ahead", he said.

"After our loss to Algeria, we were a bit disappointed because it's disappointing when you lose a game in the last seconds", he told a news conference on Tuesday.

Perhaps the most memorable clash between the two at the AFCON remains the quarter-final battle in 2006, also in Egypt.

Unfortunately, the Eagles no longer boast of highly-rated goalkeepers like Enyeama.

The 2019 AFCON has been a bag of mixed fortunes for Nigeria and Tunisia.

In the semi-final matches played on Sunday, Nigeria lost to Algeria 2-1 while Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0.

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The North Africans registered three draws in the three group stage matches, drawing one all with Angola and Mali.

At the end of the encounter Ekong help Nigeria win the bronze medal at the biennial tournament and was also named the man-of-the-match.

"The match confirms what I said about them making progress".

They won 2-0 over Guinea and lost to the flamboyant debutants Madagascar 2-0.

Both teams had earlier missed penalties, while the Eagles of Carthage had another spot-kick ruled out by VAR after Salif Sane headed the ball against Idrissa Gueye's arm. "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", continued Rohr.

While the game was ongoing, the Super Eagles played too deep in their own half, paving the way for midfielders Sassi and Joris Skhiri take charge of the match. "But I am not going to do that". I can not say all our players are fit after playing two extra times but we will do our best.

As it has been all through AFCON 2019, fans in sub-Saharan Africa can see the game on SuperSport Those interested in watching the Super Eagles in Canada can see the game on beIN Sports Canada (English) and beIN Sports Espanol (Spanish).

  • Lawrence Cooper