Panic in Tunisia as 12 players test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Round of 16 clash against Nigeria

Panic in Tunisia as 12 players test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Round of 16 clash against Nigeria

  • 12 Tunisian players will not be available for the Round of 16 knockout clash on Sunday against Nigeria after they tested positive for COVID-19
  • Tunisia had qualified for the round of 16 after finishing as one of the four best losers in the group stage.
  • Nigeria and Tunisia are set to clash in the second match of the Round of 16 on Sunday, January 23

12 Tunisian players are set to miss the Carthage Eagles’ Round of 16 encounter against Nigeria after they all tested positive for Covid-19.

Panic in Tunisia as 12 players test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Round of 16 clash against Nigeria
Tunisia finised as one of the best third placed teams in the gropu stage. Photo by Anadolu Agency
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The North Africans had qualified as one of the four best third-place teams from the group stage and were prepared to take on one of the title favorites in Nigeria who had finished top of group D.

However, it has now been confirmed that the Head coach of the Tunisian team, Mondher Kebaier, and 11 other players have tested positive to Covid-19 and will not be available for the game.

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Speaking at the press conference ahead of the encounter, the Assistant head coach of the Tunisian team confirmed the sad news while addressing journalists.

According to a report via The Cable, the players to have contracted the virus include Wahbi Khazri, captain of the Carthage Eagles alongside Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali while goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended from the game.

The Carthage Eagles last met the Nigerian side during the third-place game at the 2019 AFCON in Cairo, Egypt.

Both sides are expected to lock horns in Garoua on Sunday.

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Source: Sports Brief News