Lassad Nouioui Eyeing Tunisia Roster Spot

The Deportivo La Coruna striker is looking to become the latest addition to the Carthage Eagles' set-up.
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.

The 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.

The 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.

Tunisian 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 performances.

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