Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
All eyes will be on Stade Omnisport Roumde Adjia when Nigeria and Tunisia square off against each other in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16. Nigeria impressed in the group stages, with the team beating the likes of Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau in style, and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. The likes of Simon, Awoniyi, and Chukwueze should be recalled to the starting XI after the trio was rested in the last group game.
Tunisia, on the other hand, booked their place in the last 16 despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Gambia on Thursday. The Eagles of Carthage are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach, but preventing the high-flying Super Eagles from scoring is easier said than done. Seifeddine Jaziri has overcome his injury, while goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha misses out through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Alex Iwobi):
Alex Iwobi is one of the most talented African footballers. The Nigerian football player was born in Lagos on May 3, 1996, but he moved to Arsenal at the age of 8. In 2015 he made his first-team debut for the Gunners, starting in a 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.
Speaking of his Premier League debut, Alex Iwobi played his first game for Arsenal in a 3-0 victory over Swansea City in October, 2015. The pacey winger played for England at youth level, but he eventually went on to play for Nigeria. Iwobi made his senior debut with the Super Eagles on October 8, 2015, coming as a substitute for Ahmed Musa in a 2-0 loss to DR Congo.
On October 7, 2017 the Arsenal footballer scored the winner for Nigeria against Zambia (1-0) which helped the Super Eagles book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Speaking of his individual trophies, Alex Iwobi was named CAF Young Player of the Year 2016.
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only African Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up.
Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisia National football team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red short s. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).