Today, Sunday is another day, however, the Eagles need to raise their game to match and fight the Elephants for a semi-final place. The tournament will kick off 3:00pm at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Nigeria, rated 10th on the continent will be attempting to beat Cote d'Ivoire, the number one ranked team and overwhelming favourites for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title.
And to further underline their readiness to win this title at last, they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Algeria, so with all this in mind it is clear that the Eagles will have a tough task on today Sunday.
Nigeria has won the Nations Cup twice while Cote d'Ivoire has won it once.
Meanwhile, the Hawks of Togo will battle it out with the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, 6:30pm as both countries eye a semi-final berth in the ongoing 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
These two West African countries have laboured in the history of the tournament with Burkina Faso's best being their fourth-place finish on home soil in 1998 and they held the country with the longest run in the tournament (17 games) without a win until they broke that jinx against Ethiopia with an emphatic 4-0 win.