AFCON 2019: Nigeria Encouraged To Go For Bronze Medal

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Victor Moses of Nigeria celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Nigeria may have missed out on the chance to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but they have a chance to leave Egypt with a medal.

The Super Eagles play Tunisia in the third-place match on Wednesday and Nigerian senate president Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has encouraged the team to play for victory.

“The Government of Nigeria is proud of you and how far you have been able to go in this competition. You worked very hard and showed the desire to win, but this is football and these things happen.

“The third place match is there and you have to forget the result of this match and prepare very well to win the bronze medals.”

A late minute strike by captain Riyad Mahrez saw Algeria beat the 2013 champions 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.

The Super Eagles had come from a goal down to draw 1-1, but the Gernot Rohr side could not hold their own as a hope for extra time was dashed.


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