Nigeria and Tunisia are set to battle for the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night.
Tunisia bowed 1-0 to Senegal in extra time of their semi-final fixture on Sunday, while the Super Eagles suffered a 2-1 loss to Algeria in the second semi-final outing.
Wednesday’s fixture will be the second time the Super Eagles and Carthage Eagles will face each other in a third/fourth-place playoff at Afcon - the first outing was in the 1978 edition when the West Africans secured a 2-0 win.
|Game||Tunisia v Nigeria|
|Date||Wednesday, July 17|
|Time||20:00 NG Time|
TV Channel, & How To Watch
In Nigeria, the game will be shown live on SuperSport.
|DSTV channel||Free-to-air channel|
|SuperSport 7 & 10||-|
Squads & Team News
Goalkeeper Hassen Mouez and forward Youssef Msakni will not feature in Wednesday’s third-place match at the Al Salam Stadium after being diagnosed with injuries. Hassen suffered a head injury in Tunisia’s 1-0 loss to Senegal on Sunday, while Mskani, who was in action for 46 minutes against the Teranga Lions, is out due to a muscle strain.
|Goalkeepers||Ben Mustapha, Hassen, Ben Cherifia|
|Defenders||Kechrida, Hnid, Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi, Bedoui|
|Midfielders||Chaaleli, Ben Mohamed, Skhiri, Lamti, Drager Mohamed, Sassi, Khazri, Aouadhi|
|Forwards||Msakni, Chaouat, Khenissi, Badri, Srarfi, Naim|
For Nigeria, goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi will be rested for third-choice Francis Uzoho to make his debut appearance in the showpiece. Captain John Obi Mikel is a doubt for the encounter after picking up an injury during Monday’s training session. Chidozie Awaziem will also miss the game due to suspension after picking up two yellow cards in the knockouts.
|Goalkeepers||Akpeyi, Ezenwa, Uzoho|
|Defenders||Shehu, Awaziem, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina, Collins|
|Midfielders||Mikel, Ogu, Iwobi, Ndidi, Etebo|
|Forwards||Ighalo, Musa, Kalu, Simon, Osimhen, Onyekuru, Onuachu, Chukwueze|
In head-to-head stats, Tunisia and Nigeria have met 17 times on the international scene.
The Super Eagles have won each of their six third-place games at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Wednesday's fixture will make the team with the most bronze medal matches at Afcon, while Tunisia have won one of their three appearances in the losers final.
The two countries have met four times at the Africa Cup of Nations and Nigeria remain unbeaten in the previous outings with a run of two wins and two draws.
Their last meeting was in September 2009 during the 2010 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, which ended in a 2-2 draw at the National Stadium, Abuja.
Both teams will be desperate to overcome their semi-final set-backs with a win in Cairo and claim the bronze medal in Africa’s foremost football tournament.