The Super Eagles of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing AFCON after suffering a 0-1 defeat to Tunisia.
Named before the game as one of the tournament favourites, the West African side started the tie all guns blazing but recorded only one shot on target before half time.
However, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia took the lead in the 47th minute thanks to Veteran forward Youssef Msakni strike. The Nigerian team increasingly found it difficult to break down a very composed Tunisia side despite throwing on Alex Iwobi and Peter Olayinka afterwards.
Nonetheless, things took a drastic turn after VAR had judged the Everton players stamp as reckless; which saw him sent off seconds after coming on.
Efforts to salvage the knockout tie by 10-man Super Eagles proved fruitless despite late minute heroics from Sadiq Umar and Moses Simon.
It was the first time Nigeria had lost to Tunisia in six meetings, with the Super Eagles winning three and drawing two of their previous five encounters.
The Carthage Eagles will now face Burkina Faso – who saw off Gabon – in the quarter finals of the competition.
Nigerian football faithfuls have also taken to social media to vent their dismay on the loss. Tantrums thrown by many have seen the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, being dragged for being responsible for the team’s lost after he had called the Super Eagles team prior to the match. Other football fans have also called out Maduka Okoye for his failed attempt to save the shot which led to Tunisia’s goal.