BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
If there is a special award for the team with most third-place in the Africa Cup of Nations, the honour would have gone to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
When they face Tunisia on Wednesday in a match that will likely be thinly attended by the spectators, it would be the eighth time that Nigeria will be playing in the losers’ final.
Incidentally, the Nigerian team had never failed to win the contests. A win on Wednesday will take their victory to a record extending eight times.
Nigeria first won the third place match in 1976 when the then Green Eagles beat Egypt 3-2 in Adis Ababa.
That was followed with another victory in Kumasi in 1976 when a stalemated third place match with Tunisia was awarded to Nigeria.
Nigeria won the third third-place title in 1992 after a 2-1 defeat of Cameroon in Senegal.
The number four title was in Mali in 2002 when Nigeria beat the hosts, 1-0 in Mopti. The fifth title followed in the next edition, 2004 in Tunisia as Nigeria again beat Mali 2-1 in Monastir.
In 2006 Nigeria beat Senegal 1-0 in Senegal to ensure the Super Eagles did not come back empty handed.
The seventh third-place title was won in Angola 2010 when Nigeria beat Algeria 1-0 in Benguela.