Group E’s favorite team, Tunisia, will kick off their AFCON journey with Namibia on Tuesday. This will be the first AFCON fixture that will feature both teams. Their last face-off was in a friendly game in 2007, where Tunisia triumphed 2-0.
Tunisia is among the heavyweights in the tournament after reaching the final thrice and winning the trophy in 2004.
About the game
Tunisia kicks off their Africa Cup of Nations journey against Namibia with high expectations for Group E progression. Despite missing notable players like Khazri, Mejbri, and Saad, they aim to avoid group-stage elimination. A victory against Namibia would significantly boost their chances, especially with four of the best third-place teams advancing.
While Tunisia faces doubts about going deep in the tournament due to coach Kadri’s standing and a history of limited success post-2004, their smooth qualification by winning Group J indicates strength. Tunisia’s defensive resilience shines as they conceded merely one goal in the six qualification games for this tournament, surpassing all other teams in defensive solidity. Tunisia sees a successful 21st tournament participation, targeting at least a semifinal run to improve their 2021 quarterfinal exit.
Namibia, comparatively inexperienced with only three AFCON appearances, qualified as Group C runners-up, overcoming Kenya’s disqualification. Their surprise win against Cameroon demonstrated resilience, securing five points. Looking to break their group-stage pattern, Namibia enters the tournament as an underdog with determination.
Peter Shalulile stood out in the qualifiers for Namibia, contributing four of their six goals during the group stage. Notably, he shares the distinction with Victor Osimhen and Patson Daka as one of the few players to score in four qualifier matches.
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The clash promises an exciting start to both teams’ AFCON campaigns, with defensive stability, resilience and tenacity taking center stage.
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