Tunisia Name Locals For Nations Cup

Tunisia have named a provisional Afcon squad dominated by local players.

Belgian manager Georges Leekens released his 26-man list on Saturday with 14 squad members playing in the Tunisian Ligue 1.

Striker Yohan Touzghar of French club RC Lens is the only player to be receiving his debut national team call up while Anis Ben Hatira returns to the fold after a hiatus.

A revised programme for the Carthage Eagles has also been announced.

The team will begin their training camp in Monastir on 2 January, with three players dropped for the final 23 to be submitted to Caf by the 7 January deadline.

Per the revised calendar, the initially proposed friendly fixed for 7 January seems to have been erased as the Carthage Eagles will complete their workouts the following day.

George Leekens’ team is scheduled to move camp to Hammamet from 9 January where they will play neighbours Algeria on 11 January at the Rades Stadium. They will depart for Gabon the next morning.

The Tunisian Federation (FTF) has secured a friendly for the Carthage Eagles to wrap up their preparations against Mali in Libreville on 13 January.

Tunisia, placed in Group B, alongside Cape Verde, Zambia and DR Congo, are scheduled to fly to Bata, the second capital of Equatorial Guinea from where they will connect to their host venue, Ebebiyin on 14 January.

Tunisia Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers (3): Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance de Tunis), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

Defenders (9): Mohamed Ali Yaâkoubi (Espérance de Tunis), Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Syam Ben Youssef (Astra Giurgiu), Ali Maâloul (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Bilel Mohsni (Glasgow Rangers), Slim Ben Jemai (Laval), Yassine Mikari (Club Africain)

Midfielders (8): Yassine Chikhaoui (FC Zurich), Stéphane Nater (Club Africain), Mohamed Ali Moncer (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance de Tunis), Ferjani Sassi (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Jamel Saihi (Montpellier), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux), Anis Ben Htira (Hertha Berlin)

Forwards (6): Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain), Hamza Younes (Ludogorets), Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Yohan Touzghar (RC Lens).

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