Carthage Eagles tactician Sami Trabelsi continues the trend of relying heavily on domestic team players in his latest squad list for the impending clash with Chad
Tunisian national team coach Sami Trabelsi has revealed a 24-man roster for the upcoming 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier versus Chad which will be played in Sousse on June 6. The main foreign-based absences from the list are Hannover’s Karim Haggui and Bordeaux’s Fahid Ben Khalfallah.
On the domestic front, Esperance’s Youssef Msekni was left at the disposal of the Tunisian Olympic team which has its own qualifier to play against Senegal while Club Africain representatives were excused as they are to face Kenya’s Sofapaka in CAF Confederation Cup action during the same time period.
Receiving their first call-ups are Stade Tunisien’s Iheb Msekni, Esperance Sportive de Zarzis’ Mohamed Ali Slama, as well as Jeunesse Sportive de Kairouan’s Amir Omrani and Skander Chekh.
“These are players who are showing good form with their clubs. We evaluated their abilities and we think they have enough potential and qualities for them to be part of our senior side,” said Trabelsi while speaking to Mosaique FM.
“Why shouldn’t we pick players that are shining in so called ‘small clubs?’ Why do we need to wait for them to be transferred to big clubs for us to call them up? These are players that we can rely on. They could have a good future in the national team.”
Tunisia’s training camp is set to begin on May 27 and will run until June 5. The Carthage Eagles will face the Central African Republic on May 29 in a friendly as a warm-up for their qualifier against Chad on June 6. Trabelsi’s side will be hoping that Group K rivals Malawi drop points when they travel to Gaborone to face surprise Afcon 2012 qualifiers Botswana.
Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile S. Sahel), Rami Jridi (Stade Tunisien), Aymen Ben Ayoub (Espérance S. Zarzis)
Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Etoile S. Sahel), Hatem Béjaoui (Etoile S. Sahel), Khalil Chammam (Espérance S. Tunis), Sameh Derbali (Espérance S. Tunis), Fateh Gharbi (Club S. Sfaxien), Walid Hichri (Espérance S. Tunis), Seifallah Hosni (Stade Tunisien)
Midfielders: Adel Chedli (Etoile S. Sahel), Skander Cheikh (Jeunesse S. Kairounaise), Oussema Darragi (Espérance S. Tunis), Chadi Hammami (Club S. Sfaxien), Maher Haddad (Club S. Sfaxien), Khaled Korbi (Espérance S. Tunis), Iheb Msekni (Stade Tunisien), Mejdi Traoui (Espérance S. Tunis)
Strikers: Salama Kasdaoui (Jeunesse S. Kairounaise), Issam Jomaa (Lens RC), Amir Omrani (EGS Gafsa), Mohamed Ali Slama (Espérance S. Zarzis), Sami Allagui (FSV Mainz 05), Lamjed Chehoudi (Etoile S. Sahel)