Tunisia Names Roster For Kenya Qualifier And Saudi Arabia Friendly

Humberto Coelho has called up 25 players to take part in the two matches.
According to Mosaique FM, Tunisian national team coach Humberto Coelho has named a 25 man squad for the Carthage Eagles’ upcoming World Cup qualifier against Kenya which will be played at Rades Stadium on October 11.

The same team will then take part in a friendly versus Saudi Arabia three days later with the exception of the players owned by Esperance Sportive de Tunis who will be allowed to leave camp to take part in their club’s UNAF Cup title game.

Notable players returning to the Tunisian side’s setup are Montpellier’s Jamel Saihi and Deportivo La Coruna’s Lassad Nouioui. Saihi has been playing well for his French club since returning from a severe ankle sprain while Nouioui is just starting to find his rhythm after missing considerable time to rest a nagging hamstring injury which he sustained in his first match representing the north African nation.

Meanwhile, Sami Allagui, Chady Hammami, and Bilel Ifa who were part of the team that traveled to Abuja last month were all dropped. While the previously mentioned Sahi and Nouioui were preferred to the first two absentees, Ifa aggravated a pre-existing knee injury while playing for Club Africain and will be unavailable for a week.

Furthermore, goalkeeper Farrouk Ben Mustapha has been rewarded for his fine start to the domestic league season with CA Bizertin and has received his first national team callup. Esperance’s Zied Derbali has also been included for the first time in his career.

Finally, Karim Haggui was named in the roster even though he is suspended for his country’s match against Kenya due to yellow card accumulation.

Coelho has still invited him to camp because the central defender is the team’s captain and he plays an important role keeping his team-mates focused off the pitch. He will be available for Tunisia’s friendly against Saudi Arabia which will be played on October 14.

Here is the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile), Hamdi Kasraoui (Lens), Farrouk Ben Mustapha (CA Bizertin)

Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Etoile), Sofiene Chahed (Hannover), Zied Derbali (Esperance), Radhouene Felhi (1860 Munich), Seif Ghezal (Young Boys), Karim Haggui (Hannover), Ammar Jemal (Etoile), Yassine Mikari (Sochaux), Khaled Souissi (Club Africain)

Midfielders: Tijani Belaid (Slavia Prague), Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Valenciennes), Chaouki Ben Saada (Nice), Ousemma Darragi (Esperance), Zouheir Dhaouadi (Club Africain), Khaled Korbi (Esperance), Haythem Mrabet (CS Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Slavia Prague), Jamel Saihi (Montpellier), Nabil Taider (Xanthi)

Strikers: Issam Jemaa (Lens), Lassad Nouioui (Deportivo La Coruna), Ali Zitouni (Antalyaspor)

Rami Ayari, Goal.com