Tunisia got their 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations’ campaign off to the perfect start on Saturday, with a 2-1 win over Zambia in Dakar in their Group A opener.
A Haythem Jouini’s brace proved enough to hand the North Africans the full points at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor.
The Espérance Tunis striker gave Tunisia an early lead with a 4th minute successful header.
But it took the Zambians just ten minutes to fight back, with Ronald Kampamba claiming the equalizer with a fine lob over keeper Sabri Ben Hassen to send both sides on equal footing into half-time.
Slimene Kchok and Haythem Jouini missed a couple of clear chances to restore Tunisia’s lead in the second half, while Edem Rejaibi had a goal controversially disallowed ten minutes from time.
However, Jouini converted a Saad Bguir cross with a close range header at the far post in the 84th minute, to complete his brace and seal the win for the young Eagles.
Maher Kanzari’s men will be looking to keep their momentum going when they battle competition hosts Senegal, who enjoyed a 3-1 victory over South Africa in the tournament’s opener, on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Zambia will face a do-or-die against South Africa in their second Group A outing on the same day.