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‘Our AFCON2021 journey ends here’: Reactions as Tunisia defeat Nigeria 1-0

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been knocked out of the AFCON 2021 game by Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles after a goal by Youssef M’Sakni.

He aimed at the goal from outside the box and beats the Super Eagles goalkeeper.

Reacting to the defeat, the Super Eagles tweeted; “FT in Garoua. Our #Afcon2021 journey ends here. Thank you all for your support. #SoarSuperEagles#Team9jaStrong”

Austin Eguavoen’s daughter, Vanessa Eguavoen, however expressed her support for her dad; “I am proud of you dad. You did such a great job in a short amount of time. #SoarSuperEagles”.

Nigerians react

SEGA L’éveilleur: Sadly we can’t appeal. But genuinely we should be proud of SuperEagles and coacheguavoen for the effort, beautiful gameplay and team management. We have been knocked out but we learnt something all the same. No slacking against Ghana. #TeamNigeria

Maduka Okoye jokingly dragged

@Talk2major: Na we fuck up, normally Keeper no suppose fine like that, Keepers with horror face na them de good.

@mykiechuks: Maduka okoye, Awoniyi, olayinka,Musa, these guys should not smell our national team again

@canelo____: Maduka okoye has one job but chose to keep his jersey from staining

President Muhammadu Buhari’s call

President Muhammadu Buhari had few hours to the round 16 game inspired the Super Eagles via a virtual call.

“You’ve been doing Nigeria proud. You’ve been winning. Please keep on winning. The Federal Government is supporting you, and I say thank you to all the technical crew and the players. Please keep doing the country proud.”

@ty4real11: I hope you guys have learnt your lesson avoid such call next time

@Princeiyke83: Who picked Bubu’s call?

@KemiOlunloyo: NEVER CALL President BUHARI before a game. I’m not a soccer fan. Sorry sha

Background

Barely 24 hours to the AFCON 2021 round 16 match between Nigeria and Tunisia, the head coach of the opposing team and at least 12 players tested positive for COVID-19.

This was disclosed at a pre-match briefing on Saturday, by Tunisia’s assistant coach, Jalal Al-Qadri.

He noted the players and the coach will miss the game against Nigeria.

The players are Wahbi Khazri, the captain who scored twice in their 4-0 win over Mauritania, Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali.

They had lost two of their group stage matches while Nigeria won all the three.

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