Tunisia call-ups for 2014 World Cup qualifying announced

Sami Trabelsi has called on the fresh faces to replace suspended, injured, and out of form regulars for upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea & Cape Verde

Tunisia national team coach Sami Trabelsi has named an experimental 25-man roster for upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea on June 2 and Cape Verde on June 8.

Unfortunately for the former international defender, he will only be able to count on 15 of his men during Tunisia’s May 27 friendly against Rwanda given that the representatives of Esperance, CA Bizertin, Club Africain, and Etoile will all be playing delayed domestic league matches on the same day.

Former U17 team star midfielder Nour Hadhria has received his first senior side call-up as a recompense for his starring role in CA Bizertin’s impressive start to the season while AS Marsa’s Bassem Boulabi and Bilel Ben Messaoud have also been turned to for the first time.

Notable omissions include Karim Haggui who decided to put a temporary halt to his distinguished international career. Another influential central defender, Aymen Abdennour, was also overlooked given that he is suspended for the first match of 2014 World Cup qualifying due to the red card he received in the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Hamdi Kasraoui returns after a long absence, as do CS Sfaxien’s Chadi Hammami and Feteh Gharbi. Lokeren striker Hamdi Harbaoui will likely receive his first international cap for the Carthage Eagles at the age of 27 when the Carthage Eagles host the Wasps in Monastir.

Name Club
Moez Ben Cherifia Esperance
Hamdi Kasraoui RC Lens
Aymen Mathlouthi Etoile
Bassem Baoulabi AS Marsa
Anis Boussaidi SC Tavrya
Khalil Chammam Esperance
Sameh Derbali Esperance
Fateh Gharbi CS Sfaxien
Walid Hichri Esperance
Bilel Ifa Club Africain
Ammar Jemal Koln
Haten Baratli CA Bizertin
Anis Ben Hatira Hertha Berlin
Bilel Ben Messaoud AS Marsa
Wissem Ben Yahia Mersin
Nour Hadhria CA Bizertin
Chadi Hammami CS Sfaxien
Jamel Saihi Montpellier
Majdi Traoui Esperance
Sami Allagui Mainz
Wajdi Bouazzi Esperance
Hamdi Harbaoui Lokeren
Issam Jemaa Brest
Saber Khlifa Evian
Youssef Msekni Esperance