All-out Efforts by Tunisian Squad for Recognition at the FIFA World Cup

The entry into the FIFA World Cup after being dormant for a dozen years made the Tunisian team jubilant. In fact, the series of dismal performance during the African Cup of Nations during 2017 necessitated replacing Henryk Kasperczak. No doubt, the return of Nabil Maaloul from his short spell of being the manager during 2013-14 paid dividends. His revised strategy of 4-2-3-1 probably worked in their favor.

Stalwart Performers

There is no denial that Youssef Msakni, Ali Maaloul are the key players of the squad. Besides, you have the attacking midfield players like Ferjani Sassi and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. Further, you cannot undermine the tremendous talent of Wahbi Khazri and Nain Sliti. It is also true that against the attacking teams, the defensive midfielder Ghailene Chaalali over Khazri or Sliti might be a better choice.

Potential Squad

You might be aware that the Tunisian squad a host of bi-national players. This allows the coach to have a wider choice to select the team for a tough fight against the competing squad at the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Goalkeeper: There is a possibility that you will see either Mouez Hassen or Balbouli, Farouk Ben Mustapha besides Moez Ben Cherifia to guard the poles at the World Cup.

Defenders: The choice for the final play could be among Dylan Bronn, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Merian or Syam Ben Youssef. The selection could also include among Rami Bedoui, Oussama Haddadi or Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam and Hamdi Nagguez.

Midfielders: The representation of midfielders could be among Ellyes Skhiri, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ahmed Khalil or Karim Aoudadhi and Ferjani Sassi for Central field. Further, the probable attacking players from Ferjani Sassi, Ghazi Aydi or Wahbi Jgazru and Saif Eddine Khaoui could see the final fixtures.

Forward Players: Among the players in this department, the coach has a choice to select from Youssef Mskni, Naimi Sliti, Bassem Srarfi, Anice Badri, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. The choice also may extend to Taha Yassine Khenissi keeping the final position in the view.

The intention of the management in recruiting the players from other clubs confirms that they are serious in spreading the wide net to ensure all the conditions for a possible win to the extent feasible. Though the presence of the bi-national players has initially had thrown some problems of language, etc, the same is overcome adeptly by the coach and the management. The Tunisian team is leaving no stone unturned to turn the tables at the fixtures.

We need to wait and watch whether the disintegrated team consequent upon two successive failures would rise to the occasion and show their mettle.

Penulis: | 2 Juni 2018 | World Cup 2018