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Nigeria will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Africa Cup of Nations when they play Tunisia to the Stade Omnisport de Garoua in the round of 16 on Sunday evening.


Nigeria progressed to the knockout stages of the tournament by finishing top and unbeaten in Group D after they first edged Egypt 1-0 followed by a comfortable 3-1 win over Sudan before claiming a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in the final group match.


Tunisia advanced to the round of 16 they finish Group F in third place with one win and two defeats after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Mali in their opening game followed by a thrilling 4-0 victory over Mauritania before concluding the group with a 1-0 loss to Gambia.


The Super Eagles goals have come from six different individuals, including William Troost-Ekong, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Umar Sadiq, Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon, who have all scored one goal each.


The Eagles of Carthage have managed to score a total of four goals during the group stages while conceding two but half of their goals came from top scorer Wahbi Khazri, who has two goals to his name thus far in the tournament.

Both Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon have played crucial roles in the Super Eagles unbeaten run during the group stages and have not only contributed with goals but assists as well. Nigeria will be looking at this two-player to show up and stamp their authority in the upcoming fixture.

Wahbi Khazri has been the standout player for Tunisia in a somewhat mixed result in the group stages. The 30-year-old has contributed to three goals at this stage of the tournament with two goals to his name while assisting one, but Tunisia will be banking on him to further his goal creation tally when they face a tough Nigeria side.

Nigerian head coach Augustine Eguavoen will be boosted by the fact that he has no casualties and will have all his players fit for the last 16 fixture.

Meanwhile, Tunisia will be without the services of 10 players including Aymen Dahmen, Ali Jemal, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maâloul,  Oussama Haddadi, Mohamed Amine Ben Hamida, Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Ghaylen Chaaleli, Naïm Sliti, Issam Jebali due to Covid-19.

Possible Starting Lineups:

 Francis Uzoho, Tyronne Ebuehi, William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Jamilu Collins, Kelechi Nwakali, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidera Ejuke, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Umar Sadiq.

Tunisia: Bechir Ben Saïd, Ali Abdi, Montassar Talbi, Bilel Ifa, Hamza Mathlouthi, Ellyes Skhiri, Aïssa Laïdouni, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui, Seifeddine Jaziri, Hamza Rafia.

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