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.
|Moez Ben Cherifia||Esperance|
|Hamdi Kasraoui||RC Lens|
|Bassem Baoulabi||AS Marsa|
|Anis Boussaidi||SC Tavrya|
|Fateh Gharbi||CS Sfaxien|
|Bilel Ifa||Club Africain|
|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|