Going by the record of clashes at competitive level between Nigeria and Tunisia, the Super Eagles go into today’s encounter as favourites as they have recorded more victories than the north Africans.

In the first ever competitive clash between Nigeria and Tunisia on November 25, 1961, Nigeria won an African Nations Cup qualifying match 2-1 in Lagos. The second leg in Tunis on December 10, 1961 was abandoned at 2-2.
At the final stage of the African Nations Cup, both teams have clashed four times, with Nigeria smiling on three occasions. Their third place match in Ghana on March 16, 1978 was abandoned at 1-1 but awarded to Nigeria, and on January 23, 2000, Nwankwo Kanu spearheaded a 4-2 triumph for the Eagles in Lagos.
Hosts Tunisia beat Nigeria on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time in the 2004 Nations Cup semi final decided at the Rades Stadium in Tunis, but the Eagles paid them back in similar coins two years later, when both teams met in the quarter finals of the Nations Cup in Egypt, winning a dramatic penalty shoot –out after regulation and extra time finished 1-1. The Tunisians however were the Green Eagles nemesis in 1977 at the National Stadium in Surulere when a Godwin Odiye header beat Emmanuel Okala for the lone goal that stopped Nigeria from going to the 1978 World Cup staged in Argentina. Both sides had earlier played a draw in Tunis. They were also 2-0 better than the Eagles in Tunis in 1985.

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