Interim Head Coach, Austin Eguavoen has said he expects the Super Eagles round of 16 fixture against Tunisia on Sunday, 23rd January 2022 to be a very tough clash.
Eguavoen made the statement in an interview with NFF TV, saying the Super Eagles will not underestimate Tunisia, even if they qualified as best losers.
He said, “I expect a very tough game against the Tunisians. Our group will not be lulled into any sense of superiority over any team here until we do the business on the field. Tunisia is a big name in African football and we must acknowledge that, despite the manner in which they reached this stage.
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“We have watched some of their games and from what we know of them in the distant past and in lucid memory, they are never a team to take for granted.”
Eguavoen has AFCON history with Tunisia, as he was Head Coach of the Super Eagles when they defeated the Eagles of Carthage at the 2006 AFCON quarter-finals in Egypt on penalties.
“That was a huge, huge game and a memorable one for me. The match ended 1-1 in regulation and extra time and we had to go into penalties. We lost two of our first three kicks or something like that and then bounced back when our goalkeeper (Vincent Enyeama) stopped two of their kicks. It was a sweet victory,”
The Super Eagles will be eyeing a quarter-final spot when they face off against Tunisia by 8.00 pm at the Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua