The FTF has announced the names of 21 European based players who have been called upon to represent the Carthage Eagles during their February 9th friendly against Algeria. Given the fact that the top local players in the north African country will be competing at the African Championship of Nations in Sudan at the same time, only a few domestic team players are expected to be added to the senior side’s roster in the coming days.
One notable addition to the team is Hamburg’s Anis Ben Hatira who is currently still eligible to also play for Germany. Another is Cesena defender Yohan Benalouane who has refused call-ups at the last minute on two separate occasions. Meanwhile, the roster features the returns of familiar faces in Chaouki Ben Saada and Issam Jemaa who weren’t part of the side that lost to Botswana in Gaborone in what ended up being Bertrand Marchand’s last match at the helm of the Carthage Eagles.
The current Olympic team coach, Ammar Souayah, will temporarily replace Faouzi Benzarti for this game after it was revealed that the former Esperance manager was seeking to re-negotiate his contract with the FTF which he claims to have only accepted under pressure from family members of Tunisia ex-president, Zine Abidine Ben Ali.
Below is the roster list by position:
Goalkeepers: Hamdi Kassraoui (RC Lens, France)
Defenders : Karim Haggui (Hanovre 96), Anis Boussaïdi (PAOK Salonique), Adli Lachheb (Erzgebirge Aue), Alaaeddine Yahia (RC Lens), Yassine Mikari (FC Sochaux), Ammar Jemal (Young Boys), Karim Saïdi (Tours FC), Yohan Benalouan (Cesena), Chaker Zouaghi (FC Zurich)
Midfielders : Sofiène Chahed (Hanovre 96), Jamel Saïhi (Montpellier HSC), Tijani Belaïd (Hull City), Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Bordeaux), Fabien Camus (KRC Genk), Mohamed Ali Nafkha (FC Zurich), Chaouki Ben Saada (OGC Nice), Anis Ben Hatira (Hambourg SV)
Strikers: Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Lassaad Nouinoui (Deportivo La Coruna), Sami Allagui (FSV Mainz 05), Issam Jemaa (RC Lens)