Team Profile: Tunisia

Nickname: Carthage Eagles
Association formed: 1956
Previous Afcon Appearances: 16 (1962, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Best result: Champions (2004)
Coach: Henryk Kasperczak
Leading scorers: all-time –Issam Jemâa (36)
Most appearances: all-time –Radhi Jaïdi (105)
FIFA ranking: 35 (3rd in CAF)

THE BIG QUESTION
Twelve years since their last title triumph, but can they repeat that feat and go undefeated to win the trophy?

WHO ARE THEY?
The Tunisia national football team represents Tunisia in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. They have qualified for four FIFA World Cups, the first one in 1978, but have yet to make it out of the first round. In that 1978 tournament in Argentina by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match.

TOP THREE PLAYERS
Aymen Abdennour: A full Tunisian international since 2009, the central defender possess great leadership and organisational skills at the back and he will be the one that goalkeeper and captain of the team Aymen Mathlouthi will look to communicate with to effectively shut-out opponents.

Anis Ben-Hatira: German-born midfielder who decided to switch his international allegiance to Tunisia. Ben-Hatira is a goalscoring midfielder with a penchant for arriving late into the box and he will look to add to his solitary international goal at the tournament.

Hamdi Harbaoui: Experienced forward who has played non-stop outside the shores of Tunisia since 2008. Since making his international debut in 2012 at the age of 27, he has featured at one Nations Cup andcwill eagerly look forward to his second tournament appearance.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED
The Carthage Eagles finished top of qualifying Group A, ahead of lightweights Togo, Liberia and Djibouti. That might go some way to explain their record of 16 goals scored and just three conceded. And they still look in fine fettle.

FULL 23-MAN SQUAD AFCON

GOALKEEPERS: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Rami Jridi (CS Sfaxien)

DEFENDERS: Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt) Aymen Abdennour (Valencia, Spain), Siyam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Hamza Mathlouthi (CS Sfaxien), Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (Rizespor, Turkey), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Esperance), Slimane Kchok (CA Bizertin), Zied Boughattas, Hamdi Nagguez and Zied Boughatass (Etoile du Sahel)

MIDFIELDERS: Ferjani Sassi (Esperance), Larry Azouni (Nîmes, France), Naim Sliti (Lille, France), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, England), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor and Hamza Lahmar (Etoile), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar),

FORWARDS: Ahmed Akaïchi (Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain)

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