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Super Eagles in CHAN Quarter-Final Race as Tunisia Vows to Stop Nigeria

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will take on Tunisia in their second game of the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda on Friday afternoon as the Tunisian side has vowed to stop the Eagles.

Henryk Kasperczak’s boys will be hoping to grab a maximum three points against the Super Eagles in order to boost their chances of making it to the next round after a worrisome 2-2 draw against debutants Guinea in their first game.

This is even as Nigeria will be hoping to book an early flight to the quarter final after a commanding 4-1 defeat of Niger Republic in Kigali.

Tunisia are one of the few teams yet to lose a game since the inception of the competition – and they would be buoyed by this to stop the rampant Nigerians.

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Kasperczak’s team boast of players from the top Tunisia clubs and the man to watch out for is Etoile du Sahel’s forward Ahmed Akaichi who scored a brace in their first game against Guinea.

Coach Sunday Oliseh is expected to stick to his 4-3-3 formation and ensure that the Super Eagles who started the tournament on a sound footing must do everything right to keep the sleek Tunisians at bay.

Meanwhile, the Head coach of Tunisia, Hatem Missaoui, has stated that his team are ready to stop Nigeria.

The Carthage Eagles drew their first match against Guinea on Monday, while the Super Eagles crushed Niger Republic 4-1 in their opener.

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“We are not looking forward to defending against a player in the Nigeria team; we have our tactics to stop the Super Eagles from scoring goals,” Missaoui said.

 “What we are targeting is qualification to the next round of the competition and not just a victory against the Super Eagles.

“Nigeria have a good striker in [Chisom] Chikatara but we also have our own top scorer, Ahmed Akaichi, who scored the two goals against Guinea. He can get goals against the Super Eagles too.”

Missaoui, however, said that all the teams in Rwanda, have equal chances of lifting the trophy on February 7.

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He said: “The Nigeria side is a very good team, we know how big they are and we are very ready to play them. We hope Friday match goes well for us.

 “We are not just targeting the win against Nigeria, but qualification to the next stage, if we get the victory that will be fantastic for us.”

The match will kick off at 1p.m today.


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