"This is football and we understand the whole team's disappointment. but we have to forget that and focus on the Nigeria game".
"The third-place match must end with a win in favour of Nigeria, and the Super Eagles must come back home with the bronze medals".
The coaches said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that victory on Wednesday would be a good reward for the hard work by the players.
They, however, urged the Super Eagles not to be deterred by the 1-2 loss at Cairo in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals.
Then Cup holders Tunisia shot into a comfortable lead during the penalty shoot-out following another 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time at the El Masry Stadium in Port Said.
The Super Eagles who are aiming for their 8th bronze in the tournament lost their semi-final match 2-1 to Algeria the same night their opponents in tonight's feisty battle were defeated 1-0 by the Terranga Lions of Senegal. "We'll try everything we can to finish third".
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An own goal from William Troost-Ekong and a Riyad Mahrez's stunning free kick in the last minute of the match saw the Desert Foxes advance to the final of the competition. "I can't say that all my players are perfectly fit, we have few time to know how ready the players are", Alain Giresse, coach for Tunisia remarked.
"Yes the VAR affected the team's chances in going to the final, for me the penalty was clear but we have to accept the situation now", Drager added. Both teams have met once in the third place play-off in 1978.
Odion Ighalo's third-minute goal was enough for the Eagles to fly home victoriously from the Al-Salam stadium. The third-place match was tied 1-1 when the Tunisian team left the field in the 42nd minute in protest of the officiating.
CAF duly awarded the match to Nigeria 2-0 and the Green Eagles received the bronze medals. The match starts at 19:00 GMT.
Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly is out of the Afcon final clash set for Friday against Algeria.