Tunisia coach Giresse's gamble on Mustapha pays off

Tunisia coach Giresse's gamble on Mustapha pays off
Farouk Ben Mustapha of Tunisia celebrates with teammates

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 09, 2019. 16:00

Tunisia head coach Alain Giresse is pleased after guiding the Carthage Eagles to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals.

The North African giants secured their place in the last eight after defeating Ghana's Black Stars 5-4 on penalties on Monday night.

Yassine Taha Khenissi gave the Carthage Eagles the lead, but his team-mate Rami Bedoui netted an own goal at the stroke of full time and sent the game to extra time.

French tactician Giresse reflected on the big win against the four-time AFCON champions Ghana.

"We have been reminded by the result today that we have to be concentrated during the entire 90 minutes," Giresse said.

"It was a difficult game but my players responded well to the difficulty.

Substitute keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha proved a gamble by head coach Alaine Giresse to bring him on for the penalties to be right as he saved one of Ghana’s kicks from Caleb Ekuban.

"Bringing Ben Mustapha (second choice keeper) on was a decision I had taken during the game but I didn’t know it would work," he added.

Tunisia will now take on Madagascar in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

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