Mondher Kebaier, head coach of the Tunisian national soccer team
Tuesday Jan 11, 2022. 10:00
Tunisia will be hoping to make a winning start to their quest for a second Africa Cup of Nations
title when they take on Mali at the Limbe Stadium on Wednesday, January 12.
Kick-off is at 3pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)
The Eagles of Carthage conquered Africa on home soil in 2004 when they beat northern rivals Morocco 2-1 in the final, having hosted the biennial tournament for the third time.
Tunisia were first asked to host AFCON in 1965 when they finished runners-up to Ghana and again in 1994, which saw them exit at the group stages.
The North Africans also reached the final two years later, losing 2-0 to host nation South Africa. They came fourth at the 2019 edition in Egypt.
Mondher Kebaier’s side qualified for the showpiece event in Cameroon as winners of their group, recording five wins and a draw.
The core of the squad play their club football on the continent, with eight of the 11 based in Tunisia. Only seven members ply their trade in Europe’s top-five leagues.
The Eagles have never won Africa’s biggest prize, although they came close in 1972 as losing finalists and finished third in 2012 and 2013.
Mohamed Magassouba’s men topped their group in qualifying with a record of four victories, one draw and one loss.
The majority of his squad operate in Europe, with no less than 10 players featuring for clubs in France.