Odion Ighalo scored the only goal of the match early on in the 3rd minute. This turned out to be his fifth goal of the competition, strengthening his chances of winning the Golden Boot.
Adam Ounas or Sadio Mane will need to score a hat-trick to overtake Ighalo in the final.
Here's how Twitter reacted, with many Nigerians claiming that it wasn't a bad campaign after all.
Phew! What a stressful thing to do, I can't keep up, my heart has been racing— I bake cakes😍 (@Tolulopefikemi) July 17, 2019
Nice job super eagles, my night is made. #TUNNGR 0-1
Not a bad tournament so to say. Up Super Eagles.— Khotepo (@khotepo) July 17, 2019
Congrats super Eagles on your Bronze talu nchala😜😛.. At all at all a winsh. 😏— Ebuka Nwata love&(The kanary band)💕❤❤ (@ebukakanary1) July 17, 2019
Baba for the third position @NGSuperEagles. This is the Eight time in African football history that we would be occupying that unbefitting position despite #GiantofAfrica claim. All in all #Congratulations to d #SuperEagles. Special commendation to d highest goal scorer, #Ighalo.— Justice Advocate (@OlanrewajuSays) July 17, 2019
Odion Ighalo becomes the first Nigerian to score 5 goals in Afcon competition since Rashidi yekini in 1994— Lawal Oluwapelumi (@peluminoni) July 17, 2019
The race for #AFCON2019 top scorer:— Ifreke Inyang (@Ifreke) July 17, 2019
Ighalo: 5 goals
Mane: 3 goals
Mahrez: 3 goals
We missed the Antelope but caught the Rabbit!— Demikhay 🇳🇬🔥🔥 (@infonaija_247) July 17, 2019
Congratulations to the Super duper Eagles of Nigeria!
Congratulations Odion Ighalo with 5 goals & fastest goal so far at #AFCON2019
3rd out of 24 Teams is a great feat!
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Bruv, that Ighalo's goal was brutal, could hear the clash of bones.— Sarri's Legacy (@SilkyPulisic) July 17, 2019
We finished 3rd at AFCON 2019. Would rate us 6/10 for our performance at this tournament. Ighalo, Etebo, Omeruo Our best players, Mikel is going to announce his retirement from international football, going to be his last tournament with us surely. We move on from here!! #NGATUN— Akinte Oluwasegun (@AKINTESEGUN) July 17, 2019
Ighalo u made history 5 goals at #AFCON2019 now u are in the class of the greates.💪💪💪💪💪— Ruth Tilley Gyado (@ruthtilleygyado) July 17, 2019
Dear Ighalo,— United Forever (@ObyAgomuo) July 17, 2019
You were as Wonderful as you have ever been. Thank you for scoring those five goals you are one of the best strikers to blaze our country. Thank you. As for the Golden Boot. It's already in your cabinet. See you another time
Odion Ighalo won the highest goal scorer in a competition that salah, mane and mahrez was involved in, wonderful #TUNNGR— TUNDE (@nicefrancis007) July 17, 2019
After watching Tunisia and Senegal highlights, Senegal can't play shit. And Algeria didn't deserve their first goal if not for ekong's own goal. If it had ended in penalty, we would have won. And we would have put Senegal in their place #TUNNGR #ighalo #uzoho #kalu #AFCON2019— Tracey (@daniediabasi) July 17, 2019
@NGSuperEagles It is true that goals win a match but it's defense that win a tournament. Well done Odion Ighalo. Now let's work on our defense in prep for future tournaments.— Simon England (@SimonEn31256335) July 17, 2019