AFCON 2019 Bronze Match: Super Eagles duo out of Tunisia tie

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/07/2019

Two Super Eagles players of captain John Obi Mikel and defender Chidozie Awaziem have been ruled out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Bronze Match against Tunisia at the Cairo based Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday night.

Former Chelsea midfielder has featured in two of Nigeria’s six games so far in Egypt in which, and he didn’t complete 90 minutes on both occasions but Mikel picked up an injury and he could play his last AFCON match.

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However, Porto centre-back picked a yellow card late in the 2-1 defeat to Algeria, is ruled out due to suspension.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr told reporters ahead of the third-place encounter: "Mikel picked up an injury in training yesterday and could not train with us. He is not likely to feature against Tunisia, ” 

"He has played two games already and has a good tournament as well. We must remember there are people who participated in the qualifiers but are not here. He is here with us because he accepted to come to the AFCON without any preconditions.”

Nigeria has also never lost a third-place match at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in Ethiopia in 1976 (against Guinea), Ghana in 1978 (against Tunisia), Senegal in 1992 (against Cameroon), Mali in 2002 (against Mali), Tunisia in 2004 (against Mali), Egypt in 2006 (against Senegal) and Angola in 2010 (against Algeria).