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Tunisia announce 23-man squad for Africa Cup of Nations


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Tunisia coach Henryk Kasperczak has announced a 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) set to take place between Jan. 14 and Feb. 5 in Gabon.

The Carthage Eagles have been drawn in Group B alongside Algeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe. They will kick off their campaign against Senegal on Jan. 15 at the the Stade de Franceville.

The Polish coach, who had led the Tunisians to a runners-up finish in the 1996 AFCON, has named Valencia’s Aymen Abdennour and Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri in his squad. The final list also included Ali Maaloul, who plays for Cairo giants Al Ahly.

Meanwhile, Anderlecht striker Hamdi Harbaoui was left out of the final squad for the tournament.


(Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Rami Jridi (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance, Tunisia)

Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Valencia, Spain), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Esperance), Hamdi Nagguez (Etoile du Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CS Sfaxien), Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (Rizespor, Turkey), Siyam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Slimane Kchok (CA Bizertin), Zied Boughattas (Etoile du Sahel)

Midfielders: Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Ferjani Sassi (Esperance), Larry Azouni (Nîmes, France), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Etoile), Naim Sliti (Lille, France), Hamza Lahmar (Etoile), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, England), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar)

Forwards: Ahmed Akaïchi (Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance)

On Wednesday, Tunisia claimed a 2-0 win in a preparatory game over Uganda, who were seeded in Group D. The Carthage Eagles will next face Egypt on Jan. 8 in a final warm-up match ahead of the tournament.

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