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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Tunisia

Thursday 13/June/2019 - 10:07 AM
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Translated and Edited by Hassnein Tayea
The Carthage Eagles will want to open a new chapter in Egypt after being eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

World Cup Appearances: 6
AFCON Appearances: 19
AFCON Titles: 1
How Tunisia qualified for AFCON 2019?

Tunisia، who defeated Egypt in their first qualifier in June 2017، boast a 100-percent record after four matches، having defeated Niger 1-0 at home on October 13 before dispatching them 2-1 away on Tuesday.

Debuting forward Firas Chaouat scored twice in four first-half minutes as the Carthage Eagles booked their ticket for Cameroon، where they'll go in search of their second continental title.

In the lead up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations، Tunisia are looking to make the extra step up from their decent performances in previous years and win the competition for a second time.

Having already named their foreign based players to travel to Egypt، Alain Giresse has now added nine players who ply their trade in the Tunisian Ligue 1، in part because the club season has only just finished for many of the clubs due to the Tunisian Cup final and the CAF Champions League final.

The players that have been added to the squad are Firas Chaouat، Nassim Hnid and Aymen Dahmen of CS Sfaxien، Moez Ben Cherifia، Ghailene Chaalali، Aymen Ben Mohamed، Taha Yassine Khenissi and Anice Badri of Esperance de Tunis and Wajdi Kechrida of Etoile du Sahel.

The squad will now be cropped down accordingly to comply with the 23 man squad regulations، following their pre tournament friendlies against Iraq، Croatia and Burundi respectively.

The Carthage Eagles then kick off their tournament against Angola in Suez on the 24th of June، before facing the West African duo of Mali and Mauritania to close out the group.
Under the helm of Tunisia coach Alain Giresse، the Eagles of Carthage started their preparatory camp for AFCON 2019 on 1 June.

Tunisia was drawn in Group E alongside Mali، Mauritania and Angola.

The Nations Cup، which has been expanded to 24 teams، will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

Tunisia’s 23-man final squad:

Goalkeepers: Farouk Bin Mostafa (Al-Shabab – Saudi Arabia)، Moaz Hassan (Nice - France)، Moez Ben Cherifia (ES Tunis – Tunisia)

Defenders: Wajdi Kechrida (ES Tunis – Tunisia)، Nassim Hnid (CS Sfaxien –Tunisia)، Ayman Ben Mohamed (Esperance – Tunisia)، Mohamed Dräger (SC Paderborn - Germany)، Rami El-Badawi (Al-Faihaa - Saudi Arabia)، Yassine Meriah (Olympiacos - Greece)، Dylan Bronn (Gent - Belgium)، Oussama Haddadi (AlEttifaq – Saudi Arabia)، Karim Aouadhi (Étoile du Sahel – Tunisia)

Midfielders: Ferjani Sassi (Zamalek - Egypt)، Marc Lamti (Bayer Leverkusen –Germany)، Ghailene Chaaleli (Esperance – Tunisia)، Anice Badri (Esperance – Tunisia)، Elias Sukhairi (Montpellier - France)، Bassem Srarfi (Nice – France)، Naim Sliti (Dijon - France)، Youssef Msakni (Eupen - Belgium).

Strikers: Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance – Tunisia)، Firas Chaouat (CS Sfaxien – Tunisia)، Wahbi Khazri (Sainte Etienne - France)

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