Abdennour headline Tunisia AFCON squad

Abdennour headline Tunisia AFCON squad
Islam Slimani of Ageria challenged by Aymen Abdennour of Tunisia during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations football match between Tunisia and Algeria at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on January 22, 2013

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jan 05, 2017. 18:30

Tunisia manager Henryk Kasperczak has released his 23-man squad for the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations led by Aymen Abdennour, Wahbi Khazri and Naim Sliti.

England-based Khazri with Sunderland and Sliti who plies his trade in France for Lillestrom as well as Valencia's Abdennour will be key for the side.

The Carthage Eagles are on their way to the 2017 Afcon in Gabon as one of the favourites to lift the crown.

Kasperczak named his squad on Wednesday ahead of the Gabon showpiece starting next week, which will run from January 14 until February 5.

The North Africans will open their Group B account against Senegal on January 15 before taking on Algeria and Zimbabwe.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers:

Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel), Rami Jridi (Club Sfaxien), Moez Ben Chrifia (Espérance Tunis)

Defenders:

Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly/EGY), Hamza Mathlouthi (Club sfaxien), Siyam Ben Youssef (Caen/FRA), Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (Rizespor/TUR), Aymen Abdennour (Valencia/ESP), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Espérance Tunis), Slimane Kchok (Bizerte), Hamdi Nagguez (Etoile Sahel), Zied Boughatass (Etoile Sahel)

Midfielders:

Ferjani Sassi (Espérance Tunis), Larry Azouni (Nîmes/FRA), Naim Sliti (Lille/FRA), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland/ENG), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Etoile Sahel), Ahmed Khalil (Club africain), Hamza Lahmar (Etoile Sahel), Youssef Msakni (Lakhwya/QAT), Sabeur Khlifa (Club africain)

Strikers:

Ahmed Akaichi (Ittihad Jeddah/KSA), Yessine Khenissi (Espérance Tunis).



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