CAIRO, Egypt – Playing for a bronze medal in a third-place play-off match at the Africa Cup of Nations is not what Tunisia and Nigeria had in mind, but that will be the scenario at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Wednesday as they resume their rivalry at 21h00.
Both teams will be eager to make up for their semifinal defeats with Nigeria losing to Algeria and Tunisia suffering an extra-time blow against Senegal in their last-four match.
If Nigeria emerge winners on Wednesday night it would be their record seventh bronze medal in the competition’s history.
On paper, it is hard to choose a winner because the record books show Tunisia winning six and Nigeria five with the rest draws in the 17 times they have met over the years.
In fact, it so close that in their previous meeting at Afcon 2006, the Super Eagles (Nigeria) scraped home 6-5 on penalties after the game ended 1-1.