Newly-signed Deportivo La Coruna centre-forward Lassad Nouioui has announced that he wishes to represent Tunisia at international level.
The 23-year-old striker, who
has only just started his professional career with the Spanish Primera Division club, expressed his attachment to his ancestral homeland in an interview with laopinioncoruna.es website by saying
that he would pick Tunisia over France without any hesitation.
“I was born in
France and lived there almost 20 years but my mother is from Tunisia and so is
my heart,” he revealed.
player has been in contact with assistant national team coach Habib Mejri ever since
his introduction into the Deportivo B team last season, when he scored seven
goals in 20 appearances.
He boasts a tall frame that could give a new dimension
to a Carthage Eagles attack which might benefit from a player with his build
and skill set.
added strength up front could prove useful in Tunisia’s first qualifier against
Kenya on March 28, as the Harambee Stars are known to have a well-organised and athletic defence that may cause problems for Tunisian attackers,
especially in Nairobi where extreme heat and altitude will be a factor.
national team coach Humberto Coelho has yet to evoke Nouioui’s name in previous
interviews, but this latest announcement by the striker coupled with the bright
start to his professional career could see his name added to the list of
travellers to the East African country if he continues to build on his positive
The player whom the Deportivo faithful affectionately call
“Lassa” has already claimed a starter's place and earned the trust of coach Miguel
Angel Lotina. Though Nouioui has yet to open his account in La Liga, he has
been cheered off at every substitution.
The supporters of the Spanish club have
been pleased with his play and can already recognise his vast potential. The
player will be hoping that Coelho recognises it too.
Rami Ayari, Goal.com