Nigeria – with Brentford midfield player Frank Onyeka in their squad – will continue their campaign in the Africa Cup of Nations tomorrow. The knock-out stages of the tournament are about to get underway. Nigeria will face Tunisia in a Second Round match tomorrow, Sunday 22 January, at 7pm.
Nigeria go in to the match with a perfect record so far. They ended the group phase with nine points, to secure top spot in Group D, with wins over Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. Tunisia finished third in Group F with one win and two defeats. They qualified as one of the best third-placed teams.
Frank has been a substitute in all three matches for Nigeria so far. He came off the bench in the win over Guinea-Bissau earlier this week. The knock-out stage will run until Sunday 6 February when the final is held. Frank will return to Brentford when Nigeria are eliminated.
Frank earned his fifth cap for his country in the win over Guinea-Bissau. It was the fourth he has earned since he joined Brentford last summer. When he played for Nigeria in October, Frank became the 50th Brentford player to have won a full international cap while on our books and has now joined a very select group.
Only two others – Kamohelo Mokotjo, of South Africa, and Julian Jeanvier for Guinea – have played in the Africa Cup of Nations. Both did so in 2019. Frank has also joined a list that also includes Mathias Jensen, Christian Nørgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Marcus Forss and Halil Dervişoğlu, to have appeared in an international tournament.
The midfield player has been a regular for The Bees in the Premier League this season. He was involved in 17 of Brentford’s 19 Premier League games before leaving for the tournament, starting 11 of them. He was an unused substitute in one other match. Frank has made 21 appearances in all competitions since joining from FC Midtjylland in the summer and contributed two assists.