Nigeria will take on Tunisia in a round-16 tie at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
In what looks like a repeat of 2006, Eguavoen will be wary of a crafty Tunisia side yet to fully blossom.
While history may not exactly repeat itself, it rhymes in the case of Nigeria’s coach, Augustine Eguavoen.
After a perfect group stage involving wins against Ghana, Zimbabwe and Senegal, Nigeria went on to play Tunisia in the quarter-final of the 2006 AFCON.
Fast-forward to 2021 AFCON, where Eguavoen and his team are unbeaten in the group stage and will face Tunisia again.
Super Eagles beat Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau to top their group in Garoua.
The heroics of Vincent Enyeama in goal gave Nigeria the win in 2006 in a penalty shootout.
In that game, Tunisia won a penalty, which Enyeama stopped.
Already the Tunisians have won as many as three penalties at the 2021 AFCON, and Eguavoen is wary of that.
Subsequent training by the team involves penalties in other to be ready for the eventuality.
The similarities between the 2006 and 2021 AFCON editions continue to show for Eguavoen.
Eguavoen’s team in 2006 scored five goals in the 2006 AFCON group stage while concerning only one goal.
Also, the current team netted six times while only concerning one goal in group D.
Furthermore, both countries are meeting for the sixth time at the AFCON, with four of the five matches being knock-out games.
Meanwhile, Nigeria are unbeaten in all five (W3 D2, excluding shoot-outs)