Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Tunisia at the African Nations Championship ©CAF/Twitter

Nigeria missed out on the chance to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda after being held to a 1-1 draw by Tunisia.

Having beaten Niger 4-1 in their opening Group C outing, the Super Eagles knew a win at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali would guarantee them a place in the last eight.

They went ahead in the 51st minute through forward Chisom Chikatara but were pegged back 18 minutes later as Tunisia’s frontman Ahmed Akaïchi headed home.

Akaïchi also came close to scoring a winner only to be denied by a goal-line clearance from Kalu Orji.

The result means Nigeria stay top of the group ahead of their final game on Tuesday (January 26) against Guinea, who drew 2-2 with Niger in today’s later match.

There was nothing between Guinea and Niger as they played out a 2-2 draw
There was nothing between Guinea and Niger as they played out a 2-2 draw ©CAF/Twitter

Issa Moussa put Niger into a 38th minute lead that was cancelled out almost instantly by Alseny Camara's third goal of the tournament.

The Western Africa country managed to regain their advantage shortly after the break with Moussa finding the net once more, but Guinea levelled for a second time with 12 minutes on the clock thanks to Aboubacar Bangoura.

Guinea are now level with Tunisia on two points, while Niger are in fourth place on one.

Action in Rwanda is scheduled to continue tomorrow as Zimbabwe play Mali and Uganda meet Zambia in the second round of Group D matches.

The tournament, now its fourth edition, differs from the more elite Africa Cup of Nations, as only players who represent clubs on the continent are allowed to take part.

Defending champions Libya are not participating in the tournament after failing to come through qualification.