Ighalo cashed in on a defensive error when he stabbed in from two yards after goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia spilled Jamilu Collins' cross and it hit defender Yassine Meriah. "This is football and we understand the whole team's disappointment. but we have to forget that and focus on the Nigeria game".
Mikel who is likely going to play his last game for Nigeria in this clash has been ruled out of starting even as there are clamour here in Cairo that he should be given a befitting valedictory honour. The strikers let Tunisia down as they had on 2 shots on target.
The Napoli centre-back who is one of the key figures in the squad received a second yellow card inside three games in the 1-0 semifinal victory over Tunisia and will be suspended for the title decider.
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Tunisia's semi-final was similarly close, as they were defeated 1-0 by Senegal thanks to a Dylan Bronn own goal in extra time.
"That is life for you and I have no regrets in the selection and we have to move on", he explained before the media at the pre match conference yesterday afternoon. "I can't say all my players are perfectly fit, we have a little time to know how ready the players are". Nigeria have won 4 games in this tournament and they will look to finish their campaign by securing third place.
"We are determined to go into Wednesday's game with renewed commitment and hunger so that we do not leave this competition empty-handed", he said.
Odion Ighalo netted the only goal that saw Nigeria claim the bronze medal after 90 minutes. - Nigeria have won each of their six third-place games.