This northern Africa football giant is breathing fire as they make their 4th appearance in the world cup. The team is currently in the 14th place of the FIFA ranking. In the recent past few International friendly encounters, the team has displayed thrilling skills, talent, and experience.
Tunisia has defeated both Iran and Costa Rica who are equal contenders for glory in Russia. Moreover, a 2-2 draw in their warm-up encounter against Portugal, another European football giant, was fascinating to fans around the world as it was encouraging to the team.
The Carthage Eagles comfortably qualified for Russia after killing the dreams of DRC Congo to take part in the world cup. They had been too close to call with the Congolese but created a gap by beating them at home and drawing away.
Qatar based Tunisia’s best player, Yousef Msakni who is a striker for Al Duhail, will miss the world cup due to a knee injury. This is a major blow to the team since he is a key contributor to the team’s striking force. His place as an attacking forward has been taken over by Wahbi Khazri who plays for Rennes in the French Ligue 1.
- Yohan Benalouane who plays as a defender at Leicester
- French-born, Belgian-based center-back Dylan Bronn who is currently at Gent
- Tours midfielder Mohamed Wael Larbi
- Al Ittihad’s forward Ahmed Akaichi
- Rennes’ best forward Wahbi Khazri
The History of Tunisia at the World Cup
Tunisia is coming back into the world cup after 12 years absence. The last time they featured in the tournament was back in 2006. They were edged out of the competition after failing to win any of their matches in a group which included Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.
Moreover, Tunisia has made 4 appearances in the world cup. Unluckily, they have never made it to the round of 16.
Evidently, the team is ready to make it out of the group stage by sailing through the fixtures against Belgium, England, and Panama. With the kind of the performance Tunisia is continually displaying, we should not be surprised if they pulled off a stun to top the group or finish as the runners-up.
They will start their world cup fixtures against England and will be looking forward to making an impression in the first matchup.