Tunisia star Youssef Msakni
Tuesday Mar 15, 2016. 18:42
Tunisia coach Henry Kaperczak pulled no major surprises as he announced his 23-man squad ahead of their double header with Togo in Group A of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The French-Polish tactician put his faith in a good mix of local talents and foreign-based players, with 12 representatives of the domestic league.
He, however, decided to hand a maiden call-up to Marseille-born Nimes defensive midfielder Larry Azouni, who opted to represent his country of origin, alongside a host of experienced players including goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, centre-back Aymen Abdennour, midfielders Jamel Saihi and Wahbi Khazri and forwards Youssef Msakni, Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yessine Khenissi.
Meanwhile, Yassine Chikhaoui, Saber Khalifa and Yoann Touzghar have been left out.
Lying third in Group A on three points after falling 1-0 in Liberia following a 8-1 demolition of minnows Djibouti in Radès, the Carthage Eagles will host the Sparrow Hawks in Monastir on 25 March before taking them on in Lomé four days later.
TUNISIA 23-MAN SQUAD
Aymen Mathlouthi (ESS)
Rami Jeridi (CSS)
Atef Dkhili (CA)
Hamza Mathlouthi (CAB)
Siyam Ben Youssef (SM Caen, France)
Aymen Abdennour (FC Valence, Spain)
Bilel Mohsni (Paris FC, France)
Ali Maaloul (CSS)
Zied Boughattas (ESS)
Yessine Meriah (CSS)
Oussama Haddadi (CA)
Larry Azzouni (Nimes, France)
Ferjani Sassi (FC Metz, France)
Jamel Saihi (Montpelier, France)
Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (ESS)
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, England)
Mohamed Wael Laarbi (Ajaccio, France)
Fabien Bechir Camus (Troyes, France)
Youssef Msakni (Lakhouya, Qatar)
Anis Badri (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)
Mohamed Ali Moncer (CSS)
Ahmed Akaichi (ESS)
Taha Yessine Khenissi (EST)