There is every likelihood that eleven Tunisian players and head coach will be absent when they confront the Nigerian Super Eagles for their elimination match today.
The Tunisian players alongside the head coach, Mondher Kebaier, have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Sunday’s round of 16 clash with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
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 eleven others have contracted COVID-19 and will not be available for the game.
The other eleven players include Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali.
Meanwhile, Tunisia’s goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended from the game.
After finishing as one of the four best losers in the group stage,Tunisia qualified for the round of 16 . The team won their first game 4-0 against Mauritania and lost their remaining two matches.