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CAN 2019 – Egypt vs Tunisia: second-rate training before departure to Alexandria

The Tunisian football team continued on Tuesday to prepare for the match against its Egyptian counterparty next Friday at the Borj El Arab Stadium in Alexandria and counted for the fifth day to qualify for the African Campaign (Cameroon). 2019 / Group J), with a third training session at the Olympic Stadium in El Menzah.

The meeting, which began at 15:00, was open to the media for 15 minutes, as opposed to Wednesday's meeting, which will be held in camera.

At this time, assisting coach Mourad Okbi assured that despite the fact that no real sporting efforts had been invoked, since the qualification of the two teams is already certain, the confrontation on Friday is a match of prestige with a certain moral effort.

He explained, "to confirm our supremacy as a football country on the Maghreb and African scale and keep our rank (Note 22) in the FIFA ranking".

As for the list of players convened, Okbi said that in addition to safety, the technical staff, when the opportunity arises, does not feed the group of newcomers, always as needed.

To do this he continues, we closely follow the performances of Tunisian players who play abroad or in local championships to make the right choice at the right time.

Regarding the current list, Okbi explains that the choice was made to protect certain players, including Esperance Sports Tunis, recently asked hard, at risk of injury, and appeal to other players like Mohamed Dr? ger (Paderborn, German D2), Slimane Kchouk (FC St. Gallen, Switzerland) and Walid Karoui (CS Sfaxien).

As for his first selection, Mohamed said Dr? Makes him very well-integrated in the group and willing to contribute to the choice of choice in his next two games.

"Friday's deadline and despite the fact that the qualification is already completed, the match against Egypt in Alexandria is a prestigious match that must be considered with the utmost seriousness.

Similarly, the confrontation in friendship with Morocco will not be less important by allowing us to further refine the technical and tactical aspects while waiting for CAN, "he added in essence.

Firas Chaouat celebrating his second choice, says he is willing to support the team and decided to confirm the good performance in the last match against Niger who won Tunisia (2-1) thanks to a doubling as he was the author.

"Friday's game will obviously be highly controversial between two sister nations and we will try to consolidate our leadership on the continent away from any kind of negative pressure," he said referring to the thrill climate that followed the final African Champions League between Esperance Tunis and Al- Ahly in Egypt.

Asked about the atmosphere within the group, as part of the transition since the fall of Faouzi Benzarti, the Sfaxiens sports club's attackers and the selection, assured that the climate is fresh and that the current technical staff work in continuity of what was started earlier.

As a reminder, the star goalkeeper Makram Bdiri was replaced by the Olympic Selection Officer and CS Sfaxien Ayman Dahman after magnetic resonance formation (MRT) test revealed a right injury injury.

The departure for Alexandria is set for tomorrow Wednesday at 14:00.

The national eleven will do their first training session on Egyptian soil Thursday in Alexandria at 15:00. The session will be open to the media in 15 minutes.

The African Football Association (CAF) appointed a South African judge trio to lead the match Egypt / Tunisia with Judge Victor Gomez and assistants Zakhili Suela and Johannes Mushedi.

At the end of the fourth day, Carthage Eagles occupies the top of the Group J table by 12 points before the Egyptian eleven (9 points), while e-Swatini (ex-Swaziland) and Niger close with 1 point each.

The Tunisian selection plays the match for the fifth day under the leadership of coach Maher Kenzari and Mourad Okbi after the dismissal of coach Faouzi Benzarti last month, a few days after Niger's return where Naim Sellit's teammates won 2 to 1 and officially secured his qualification for the final.

The national team will play its final elimination match on March 22 in Tunis against e-Swatini.

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