Tunisia bent on return to the FIFA World Cup

Tunisia bent on return to the FIFA World Cup

Currently leaders of Group A with 10 points, Tunisia are bent on making a return to the Fifa World Cup since their last appearance in 2006 in Germany.

The Carthage Eagles have just one opponent to surmount in their group to book a place at the Russia 2018. Second-placed DR Congo boast of 7 points and thus still very much in the race.

However, Tunisia could safeguard their 3-point at the top when they travel to face Guinea early next month in the fifth match day of the qualifiers.

With just 3 points from four outings, the Syli National are already eliminated and the encounter against Tunisia appears to be a dead rubber clash for the hosts or perhaps a test match for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Coach Nabil Maaloul of Tunisia rolled out his roster for the meeting on Monday, with Wahbi Khazri of French side Rennes making his return to the team, while Marseille’s central defender Aymen Abdennour is sidelined due to injury. Syam Ben Youssef is also absent.

Ahmed Akaichi, who was recently slapped with a disciplinary suspension, makes a comeback to the outfit.

The list includes key players such as Ali Maaloul, Ben Amor, Chaalali, Sliti, Youssef Msakni and Khenissi.

Squad

GoalkeepersAymen Mathlouhi (ESS), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Shabab), Moez Ben Cherifia (EST), Ali Kalai (JSK), Mohamed Hedi Gaaloul (CSS)

Defenders : Rami Bedoui (ESS), Hamdi Nagguez (ESS), Hamza Mathlouthi (CSS), Yassine Meriah (CSS), Khalil Chammam (EST), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Zied Machmoum (USMo), Walid Hicheri (USMo), Ali Machani (EST)

Midfielders : Ferjani Sassi (EST), Ghaylane Chaalali (EST), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (ESS), Karim Aouadhi (CSS), Hamza Jelassi (CAB), Ahmed Khalil (CA), Aymen Trabelsi (ESS), Oussama Amdouni (CSS)

Forwards : Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (EST), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Anice Badri (EST), Youssef Msakni (Club Dhil), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Taha Yassine Khenissi (EST), Yoann Touzghar (Sochaux), Ahmed Akaichi (Ittihad)

 

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