Watford defender William Troost-Ekong will be returning from the African Cup of Nations after Nigeria were knocked out by Tunisia.

The Super Eagles had been tipped to go far in the tournament, but they failed to get past the round of 16, with Youssef Msakni's goal enough to send them home, while Everton's Alex Iwobi was sent off.

Hornets goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who was signed from Sparta Rotterdam earlier this season before remaining on loan with the Dutch club, was playing alongside Troost-Ekong in the match and perhaps ought to have done better with the only goal of the match.

Msakni's effort from range was more or less straight at the keeper, but he still could not prevent it from ending up in the back of his net.

The tournament had created something of a dispute between Nigeria and Watford, with striker Emmanuel Dennis included in the squad initially, only for him to then stay in England due to an issue with the timing of his call up.

He has since been unable to find the net in England while the international competition has been taking place.

Elsewhere, Imran Louza and Adam Masina will be hoping they are not following Troost-Ekong back to England quite so soon.

They will be up against Malawi in Morocco's round of 16 clash tomorrow night.