Having enjoyed a long career in Belgium as a striker, the 56-year-old took up management in his home country after retiring in 2000. An initial spell with the Super Eagles fives years later led to a third-placed finish in the 2006 tournament before he returned in December as interim following Gernot Rohr’s exit.
“If you don’t want to win for yourself, it is your problem, but win for me. Super Eagles, we need to celebrate, we need to party, we need to dance. ”18:57, Marc MayoEl Hadji Diouf also believes Tunisia are capable of both the amazing and the awful. “I have always said that I consider the Tunisian team to be Italy of the African continent, ” ex-Senegal star Diouf said to Mosaique FM. “They can come to the stadium and play a good match. They can get to the stadium and sleep on the field.
(AFP via Getty Images)18:43, Marc MayoNothing can separate Gabon and Burkina Faso after the first three penalties for each team - it’s 3-3 in Limbe. Managers in profile18:40, Marc MayoMondher Kebaier is a stalwart of Tunisian football who has been in charge of the national team since 2019. The former defender, 51, played for CA Bizertin before stepping into the dugout and working with the likes of AS Marsa and Etoile du Sahel. However, with his contract due up this year and big expectations from fans, can he deliver a vital victory today? (AFP via Getty Images)18:37, Marc MayoFormer Nigeria international Daniel Amokachi came up with a curious analogy to describe the Super Eagles’ opponents ahead of the game…“We are soaring to the finals, but one day at a time, ” he stated.
20:35, Marc Mayo79 mins: Ben Said with some trademark time wasting - all perfectly legal, of course - as he waits on a misplaced pass into his area before dramatically flopping on the ball. 20:34, Marc Mayo77 mins: Chance! A brilliant sliding tackle from Ifa as he sticks his foot in between Sadiq and Ben Said, after the Tunisia goalkeeper rushed out to deal with a quick ball into space.
19:02, Marc Mayo1 min: Straight into the attack are Nigeria, a corner lofted into the box before Ndidi tries his luck with an overhead kick that flies off target. Kick-off! 19:00, Marc MayoHere we go! 18:58, Marc MayoNigeria are being backed for victory by Emmanuel Adebayor. The ex-Togo striker, who enjoyed a club career with Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid, told fans pre-game: “Originally, my parents are from Nigeria, and I am a Nigerian, so you guys have to win for me.
20:30, Marc Mayo75 mins: Save! Okoye is equal to a Sliti effort after he cut inside. A save he should be making but good for his confidence after the earlier goal nonetheless. 20:29, Marc Mayo74 mins: Simon tries to do too much and is met by a stout tackle outside the box. That’ll do for Chukwueze, with Sadiq coming off the bench. 20:28, Marc Mayo72 mins: Very nice from Aina to burst down the right and cut a pass back for Chukwueze, who just doesn’t seem to know what to do with the half chance and skies a clipped shot across the face of goal. 20:26, Marc Mayo70 mins: The game isn’t playing a huge amount differently compared to before the dismissal, although Tunisia look a whole lot more promising on the break.
A big, big test here for the Super Eagles! 20:04, Marc Mayo48 mins: Well, he just thought: why not?! Msakni strode forward and, 25 yards out, wound up for a low, bouncing shot... and Okoye couldn’t handle it! GOAL! Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia | Msakni, 46'20:02, Marc Mayo46 mins: A shot from distance goes through Okoye! TUNISIA LEAD!!!! Second-half begins! Nigeria 0-0 Tunisia20:00, Marc MayoA pre-half huddle from Tunisia and we’re back underway at Roumde Adjia Stadium! 19:58, Marc MayoThe second-half is almost upon us, who can secure their place in the last eight with the breakthrough? 19:56, Marc MayoBurkina Faso await in Saturday evening’s quarter-final for whoever comes out on top in this one - after their nervy win over Gabon. 19:53, Marc MayoThe fans in the stadium have been impressive as ever despite the lack of goalmouth action.
“We know the game will be tricky. “Tunisia is like the British weather, today they are s*****, the next second, they are flying. So we have to win it. ” (REUTERS)18:30, Marc MayoBurkina Faso and Gabon are heading for penalties... 18:26, Marc MayoUnlike their opponents, Tunisia have been consistent qualifiers for the Cup of Nations but have a poor record at this stage. Since winning the tournament for the only time in 2004, they have lost in the first knockout round five times. That includes a 6-5 defeat on penalties in the 2006 quarter-finals - although they did down Nigeria en route to their trophy triumph two years earlier. 18:21, Marc MayoNigeria have a bit of an on/off relationship with the Africa Cup of Nations.
Finishing third last time out followed two tournaments which they failed to qualify for - having won the cup in 2013. They also failed to qualify for the 2012 AFCON after a string of third-placed finishes between 2002 and 20, with four semi-final defeats in five tournaments. The Super Eagles sample the pre-game atmosphere18:17, Marc Mayo18:14, Marc MayoTwo changes at the back for Tunisia with Youssef Msakni coming in up top as part of their 4-3-3 system. Nigeria rested a number of stars for their final group game so this side is the same as the one that took on Sudan in their second game.
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Match highlightsKick-off: 7pm GMT | Roumde Adjia StadiumHow can I watch the match live in the UK? GOAL! Msakni from distance for TunisiaRED CARD! Iwobi is dismissed minutes after coming on20:45, Marc Mayo90 mins: Five minutes added on... 20:43, Marc Mayo88 mins: Aribo off for captain Musa - can he be Nigeria’s saviour? 20:43, Marc Mayo87 mins: Are we set for more late drama in this AFCON clash? Ndidi tries his luck again from far out and drags his effort wide.
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But Mondher Kebaier’s side are no strangers to big matches having at least reached the last eight in the last three tournaments. It has been a wild, unpredictable cup so far - and we can expect more of the same as the knockout stages begin. With kick-off at 7pm in Garoua, follow all the action with Standard Sport’s live blog...
”Burkina Faso are through! 18:54, Marc MayoWe have a result! It’s penalty shootout glory for Burkina Faso! They will face the winner of Nigeria versus Tunisia... Still going in Limbe... 18:53, Marc MayoTwice now we have seen Gabon miss immediately followed by a Burkina Faso miss! It’s 6-6... 18:50, Marc MayoWilfred Ndidi has outlined the difference between life under Augustine Eguavoen and Gernot Rohr in the Nigeria squad. Rohr was sacked in December and Leicester midfielder Ndidi said this week: “It is the same team but different philosophy. “And it’s just the fact that our current manager just made us understand and made everything simple, basic. “And he just helps us believe in ourselves and also gives us the push actually to express ourselves and the freedom also to express ourselves. ”Managers in profile18:46, Marc MayoAnother manager who has largely plied his trade on home soil, Augustine Eguavoen is out to deliver a fourth AFCON trophy to Nigeria.
20:41, Marc Mayo85 mins: Double change for Tunisia with Khazri back from Covid to replace goalscorer Msakni. Jebali is also on for Jaziri. 20:40, Marc Mayo84 mins: Hell of a long throw into the Tunisia box which almost goes too far, allowing Ben Said to punch clear. 20:38, Marc Mayo82 mins: Simon sets up over a free-kick from 25 yards out, and curls it over the bar. No worries for Ben Said. 20:36, Marc Mayo80 mins: They may have the man less but Nigeria are actually finding a bit of space to attack into, with Tunisia getting a bit leggy and maybe even over-committing in attack.
Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia LIVE! Iwobi red card - AFCON 2022 match stream, latest score and goal updates today(AFP via Getty Images)Nigeria vs Tunisia - LIVE! The Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 kicks off today with a heavyweight clash between Nigeria and Tunisia perhaps the premier tie of the round. The 2019 semi-finalists go face to face at Roumde Adjia Stadium knowing that Burkina Faso await the winner in next week’s quarter-final. Nigeria were the only team to qualify from the group stages with a 100 per cent record, after strong wins over Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. Tunisia, meanwhile, scraped through in Group F as the third-placed team, behind Mali and Gambia. While the Super Eagles have won the AFCON trophy three times, Tunisia’s only triumph came on home soil in 2004.
These Nigeria devotees even turned out for a pre-game rehearsal this morning in Garoua! (AFP via Getty Images)19:49, Marc MayoIf it’s all square after 90 minutes, we’ll require extra-time and maybe penalties. Just saying... Half-time! Nigeria 0-0 Tunisia19:45, Marc Mayo45 mins: That’s it for the first-half! No stoppage time necessary. 19:45, Marc Mayo44 mins: Nigeria in some comfortable possession just inside the Tunisia half as the first-half draws to a close. 19:43, Marc Mayo42 mins: The two teams appear to have spent all their goalmouth action tokens in the first 15 minutes.
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