PREVIEW: Tunisia vs. Cape Verde

Published On 18/01/2015 | By Theo Sakyi | AFCON, Africa, Best of the Rest, Cape Verde, International, Latest News, Maghreb, Top Stories, Tunisia

At 1900 GMT Tunisia and Cape Verde will kick-off the second Group B match at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín.

The result of the match between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo will already be known as they will have kicked off three hours prior to this contest.

For such a small nation, Cape Verde have enjoyed a meteoric footballing rise since they first qualified for the 2013 edition of the tournament but haven’t managed to beat Tunisia in their last two attempts. A 2-1 home loss was followed by a 3-0 defeated that was awarded to Tunisia due to Cape Verde fielding an ineligible player.

Tunisia will be without key forwards Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Saber Ben Khalifa. Both had to withdraw from the squad due to injury in a warm-up game against Algeria.

Meanwhile, according to the BBC, Tunisia coach Georges Leekens is unhappy with conditions at the team hotel.

“We have seen some strange things since arriving at our hotel, like a power cut that meant we had to eat our dinner under candlelight,” he said.

“It is a very sad situation and it has upset the players’ concentration just before an important competition like the AFCON,” he added.

Opposition coach Rui Aguas on the other hand, as reported by the BBC, understands that his team are seen as underdogs and but views reaching the quarter-final as an attainable objective.

“The other three teams are strong and more experienced, but we will do our best to shine and getting through the group stage has to be an objective,” said Aguas.

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