Saber Khlifa of Tunisia during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations football match between Ivory Coast and Tunisia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on January 26, 2013©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Sunday Jun 03, 2018. 12:46
Tunisia head coach Nabil Maaloul has revealed his side’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
Maaloul intially announced a 29-man squad last month and he has since excluded six players namely Moez Ben Cherifia and Khalil Chammam of Esperance Sportive de Tunis, Ittihad’s Ahmed Akaichi, Tours’ Mohamed Larbi, Cesena’s Karim Laribi, Bilel Mohsni of Dundee United.
Nicknamed Carthage Eagles, Tunisia have been drawn in Group G alongside England, Panama and Belgium.
Their first match will be against Spain on the 9th of June 2018. The Carthage Eagles drew their last two friendlies against Portugal and Turkey.
Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab), Moez Hassen (L.B. Chatearoux)
Defenders: Hamdy Nagguez (Zamalek), Dylan Bronn (La Gontoise), Rami Bedoui (Esperance), Yohan Ben Olouane (Leicester City), Siyam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Oussama Haddai (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly)
Midfielders: Elyess Skhiri (Montpellier), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli), Ghaylene Chalali (Esperance), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nassr), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Seifeddine Khaoui (Troyes),
Strikers: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Ettifaq), Anice Badri (Esperance), Bassem Srarfi (Nice), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Saber Khlifa (Club Africain).