Opara charges Eagles to raise game against Tunisia ahead Third place tie

(Top L-R) Nigeria's goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Nigeria's forward Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender William Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder John Ogu, Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, (Bottom L-R) Nigeria's midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa, Nigeria's defender Olaoluwa Aina, Nigeria's forward Samuel Kalu and Nigeria's defender Chidozie Awaziem pose before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group B football match between Madagascar and Nigeria at the Alexandria Stadium on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Super Eagles player Godwin Opara has charged the team to shake off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat and pick themselves up against Tunisia in the third place playoff match.

Although he admits the Bronze medal match is of lesser significance, Opara argued picking up a medal is better than returning home without a prize to show for the team’s effort in Egypt.


The AFCON 2000 silver medalist implored the players to “enjoy” themselves and banish memories of the Algeria defeat, in order to play without any baggage from the last game.


“They just need to go into the match against Tunisia and do what they love to do. If they can step up a little bit, they will be victorious. They should forget what happen, we lost again Algeria and that has happened.

“And this is a challenge to get the third place, they should just go there and do what they love and they shouldn’t think about the Algeria game going to this tie,” the former midfielder contends.


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