Nigeria have crashed out of the 2016 African Nations Championship after bowing 1-0 to Guinea in their final Group C encounter.
Tunisia thrashed Niger 5-0 to win Group C on five points, while Guinea, also on five points, finished a runners-up.
Tournament top scorer, Chisom Chikatara, an injury doubt before kick-off, was dropped and Sunshine Stars attacker, Tunde Adeniji started in place of the Abia Warriors man.
Guinea, needing an outright victory to stand any chance of further progress to the knockout stages, started the brighter of the two sides.
The Syli Nationale were, however, denied by consistent poor decision-making in the final third and stoic Nigerian defending.
Nigeria started on the back foot and had to wait until 19 minutes to muster their first shot on goal but Chima Akas’ indirect free kick was wild and off target.
Mohammed Usman came close to breaking the deadlock in the 37th minute following a counter attack but his finishing left him down after some good footwork down the right hand channel.
Mohammed, who passed a late fitness test, failed to last the first 45 minutes and was substituted just before half time with Nasarawa United man, Bature Yaro taking his place.
Guinea got their deserved reward for positive play on the stroke of half time with a goal that set the pulses racing.
Exemplary passing between Alseny Camara and Moussa Diawara down the right tore open the Nigerian defence and Ibrahima Sankhon was left the straightforward task of steering into a gaping Nigeria goal.
Nigeria were third on four points and Niger finished bottom with a point.


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