Super Eagles’ interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has disclosed that he is already planning fresh strategies that will help his side overcome the technical depth and speed he knows their next opponents at the Africa Cup of Nations, Tunisia, will spring against them on Sunday.
Megasportsarena.com reports that both sides will tango in the round of 16 at AFCON 2021 on Sunday in Garoua, Cameroon, heading into which ‘Egu’ acknowledged that he has to watch Tunisia’s speed and technical acumen.
However, while admitting that The Carthage Eagles are a good team, despite losing two group matches and only qualifying as a third best side, assured that he will find a way to overcome the obstacle on Sunday.
The Super Eagles qualified for the Round of 16 having won all three group games, with their last outing a 2-0 triumph over Guinea-Bissau.
In stark contrast, the North Africans scaled through as one of the four best third-place teams in Cameroon as they crumbled 1-0 to the Gambia on Thursday night.
While the gaffer admitted he has been pleased with how his side has fared so far, he stressed that they will be taking nothing for granted when their rivalry against the AFCON 2004 champions.
The 56-year-old former defender added that Mondher Kebaier’s men remain a more formidable outfit than their current form suggests, hence the need for him to have his players fired up for a game they cannot afford to lose.
Victory for Nigeria will see them face either Gabon or Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals, which many pundits believe they will achieve Sunday night at Roumde Adjia Stadium.
However, rather than take everything for granted, Eguavoen refused to be flattered and stressed that his side will approach their foes with all the seriousness they deserve.
Eguavoen told NFF media: “For them having qualified for the knockout stage, it’s a different ball game. It’s going to be a very different game.
It’s the knockout phase and if you don’t get it, you are off and if we get it, we are through to the quarter-final.
“Tunisia are a technically good team and they are fast as well. They had ups and downs. Their first game ended in a dramatic fashion, they lost two penalties in two games as well.
“[Against Gambia], they lost narrowly towards the end of the game. We will find a way to counter them and see how we will come on top at the end of the game.”