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Tunisia were a power in the early years of the Africa Cup of Nations, reaching the semifinals at their first try in 1962 and finishing runners-up in 1965.
But there followed 31 barren years, punctuated only by a semifinal appearance in 1978 and just two more first round exits.
They finished runners-up to hosts South Africa in 1996, and followed that up with a quarterfinal showing in 1998 and the semifinals in 2000.
But the country's finest hour in the competition came in 2004 as they beat Morocco 2-1 in the final of a tournament they hosted to achieve a maiden continental success.
Since then they have had a pair of quarterfinal finishes, and will be hoping to do better than that in Angola, to try and make up for the disappointment of missing out on a World Cup place on the final day of qualifying. They will play their 50th finals match in their first game in Angola.
Nations Cup Record:
1963: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1968: Did not qualify, withdrew from qualifiers
1970: Did not enter
1972: Did not enter
1974: Did not enter
1976: Did not qualify
1980: Did not enter
1982: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1984: Did not qualify
1986: Did not qualify
1988: Did not qualify
1990: Did not qualify
1992: Did not qualify
1994: Qualified as hosts, did not progress past the first round
2002: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
P W D L F A
49 16 18 15 66 61
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