Niger, Tunisia battle for quarterfinal berth

Niger, Tunisia battle for quarterfinal berth
Mossi Adamou Moussa Issa of Niger turns to celebrate after opening the scoring for his team during the 2016 CHAN Rwanda game between Niger and Guinea at the Stade de Kigali, Kigali on 22 January 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Monday Jan 25, 2016. 09:12

Niger and Tunisia will both be looking to claim a place in the quarterfinals of the 2016 African Nations Championship when they meet for their final Group C clash at Stade Regional Nyamirambo on Tuesday, kick-off at 16h00.

With group leaders Nigeria tackling second-placed Guinea at the same time, all four teams still have a chance of advancing into the last eight of the competition.

Tunisia come into the match placed third on two points, having played to 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Guinea and Nigeria respectively.

Niger are placed last and have just one point, with a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Super Eagles followed by a much more creditable 2-2 draw with Guinea.

For the Carthage Eagles, victory will guarantee them progression, while a draw may also be enough – especially if Nigeria defeat Guinea in the other match.

Mena, meanwhile, must win this match and hope that Guinea don’t beat Nigeria if they are to move into the last eight.

"We have no choice but to win the next game to advance to the next round,” Tunisia coach Hatem Missaoui said after their draw with Nigeria on Friday.

He added, “We want to win this trophy, especially with the situation in Tunisia.”

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