#AFCON2021: 12 Tunisian players to miss clash with Nigeria after testing positive for COVID

#AFCON2021: 12 Tunisian players to miss clash with Nigeria after testing positive for COVID


Twelve Tunisian players alongside Mondher Kebaier, the head coach, have tested positive for COVID-19; ahead of Sunday’s round of 16 clash with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.


Equally important, Coach Kebaier was absent during the pre-match press conference on Saturday January 22; at the media centre of the Roumdje Adjia Stadium, Garoua.


Jalal Al-Qadri, Tunisia’s assistant coach, addressed journalists during the press conference.


He said Wahbi Khazri, captain of the Carthage Eagles, and as well as eleven others have contracted COVID-19; and will not be available for the game.


The other eleven players are Aissa Laidouni; Dylan Bronn; Ghaylène Chaalali; Ellyes Skhiri; Anis Ben Slimane; Mohamed Romdhane; Ali Maâloul; Ben Hmida; Aymen Dahmen  Yoann Touzgha as well as Issam Jebali.


Meanwhile, goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended from the game.


Tunisia qualified for the round of 16 after finishing as one of the four best losers in the group stage. They won their first game 4-0 against Mauritania and lost their remaining two matches.


Also, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Super Eagles interim boss, Augustine Eguavoen, as the Group Stage Best Manager at the ongoing AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.


The 56-year-old led Nigeria to three straight victories against Egypt, Sudan, as well as Guinea Bissau in Group D. In doing so, Eguavoen who won the 1994 edition as a player, equaled his own record set in 2006 as a coach.


CAF announced this on its website after AFCON 2021 group stage; also saying that its Technical Study Group shortlisted the Best of the Group Stage. He was awarded for winning the three matches at the group stage.


Eguavoen-led Nigerian team have been outstanding at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.


The 56-year-old responded to his victory on Twitter.


In a statement on his handle, Eguavoen said, “Many thanks to the Confederation of African Football for this award.


“The Best coach of the Group stage. Wouldn’t have been possible without my fantastic group of players and colleagues.


“Thank you Nigerians, for your support. It’s needed now, more than ever.”


AFCON2021: CAF names Nigeria?s Eguavoen group stage best coach


Cameroon striker, Vincent Aboubakar was awarded player of the first round after scoring five times for Cameroon; while Egypt’s Mohamed Elshenawy was the goalkeeper of the group stage.


Guinea’s IIaix Moriba was also selected Young Player of the first round.

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