The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently heading for another bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations as they are holding a narrow lead over the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the third-place playoff of the 2019 edition in Egypt.
While Nigerians are hoping that the Super Eagles can hold their lead, here are two things that you might have missed in the first half.
Only one Super Eagles star closed his eyes during the National Anthem
The singing of the national anthems of the teams about to play before kick-off may be a formality in name only but fans love to see their players sing it with passion.
This is why the Samba Boys of Brazil get a lot of cheers from their fans before kick-off and the support from the stands gives them an extra edge at the start of the game.
Francis Uzoho, the goalkeeper between the sticks for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup found himself as third-choice at this tournament.
The 20-year old was given a chance to make his AFCON debut this night and his joy was obvious with the passion he showed while singing the national anthem.
Ndidi was afraid to make a tackle in “Mahrez Region”
Premier League star, Wilfred Ndidi made a crucial tackle just in front of the box against the Desert Foxes of Algeria. Unfortunately, Manchester City winger, Riyadh Mahrez converted the free-kick in the dying moments of the game.
Tonight, it was quite obvious that the Leicester City man was afraid of repeating history as he failed to make a tackle in almost the same spot, allowing Sassi get a shot away.