Swaziland look for shock win

Swaziland look for shock win
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (R) of Tunisia celebrates scoring the equalizer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Panama and Tunisia in Saransk, Russia, 28 June 2018.EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 06, 2018. 13:15

Swaziland will look for a shock home win over Tunisia in a Group J 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini on Sunday, September 9, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

Swaziland are placed third on the standings after they opened their group stage campaign with a goalless draw away to Niger in June last year. Sihlangu Semnikati have never qualified for the AFCON, with their attempt to reach the last tournament in 2017 seeing finish second to Zimbabwe in a qualifying pool.

Tunisia come into the clash placed top of the log after they claimed a 1-0 home win over North African rivals Egypt. Taha Yassine Khenissi scored the goal as the Carthage Eagles got their bid to reach a 14th successive continental tournament off to a great start in Rades.

Swaziland were last in official action at the Cosafa Cup in South Africa in early June, where they were beaten 1-0 and 2-0 by Lesotho and Botswana respectively.

Tunisia, meanwhile, returned to the global stage with a respectable showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The North Africans were beaten by both England and Belgium in their first two matches, but restored some pride with a 2-1 win over Panama.

This will be the first official international between Swaziland and Tunisia, with Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa taking charge of the match in Manzini.

The other Group J game takes place in Alexandria and sees Egypt host Niger on the evening of Saturday, September 8.



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